He loves Big Daddy and to tell him the news while he is on his death time would leave Brick to the thought of Big Daddy dying in disappointment through his son. Denial through himself is the hardest fight to win, and Brick is losing. He denies himself for the sake of others trying to please everyone around him instead of taking it and making himself happy. He does not want to feel the disappointment through his family, and he does not want to break Maggie 's heart. All the denial makes life harder than what it should be, and makes one and more people unhappy.
Proctor knew that by confessing, it would only make the court look better but by not confessing, the court would hang him. Proctor begs to Judge Danforth, “How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!”(132). Proctor knows that if he signs the confession, there will be a paper about it in the church door. Proctor values his life but, he does not want to be remembered as a liar who is willing to do whatever it takes for his own life.
Not to mention when Danforth is asking if letting Proctor’s wife live longer, then will he drop the case. Proctor declines this agreement and seeks to free those he deems are falsely accused. As can be seen Proctor is a selfless man who will sacrifice what he loves for the betterment of others. Months of torture didn’t break Proctor’s will, and this is shown in great detail as John tears up his confession. As soon as Proctor is given the chance to live and abandon his friends, he is unsure.
It is revealed that as soon as he had an affair with Abigail, he confessed to Elizabeth the next day because of the guilt he was carrying around. Also in Act 4, he was highly conflicted over whether or not to confess to working with the devil to escape death. In the end, he decided lying was a sin he did not want to commit and chose to die a honest man rather than survive as a deceptive man. So in the end it is clear to see that John Proctor still is a good man despite his short-lived affair with Abigail. He was an honest, good-hearted man who wished for nothing more than to live a good life with his wife and children.
He knows that if he excites himself too much, he would fail and would be history. When the reader is presented with this information, they probably pity or feel sad for Colonel Freeleigh and just want to do anything to help this man. Colonel Freeleigh, a man that who was always up for adventure, who can’t do anything now, this is basically the end of life. He also exclaims this to the nurse by arguing, “It doesn’t matter if being so alive kills a man,” (Paragraph 35). By this quote, he just means that if to live, he has to die on the inside, he wouldn’t care so much doing so.
After this exchange, Danforth began a trial to hold Cory accountable for his response, or lack thereof. Giles knew his reputation would be shattered if he gave up one or more of his friends for his own safety. Cory’s dignity and pride also would not allow him to respond yes or no to an accusation saying he practiced witchcraft. Giles decided not to give the court any satisfaction for his arrest by giving in to the accusations or denying them and hanging for it. Either way he could have answered would have killed him, morally or physically, so he didn’t answer.
Lastly, Henry defends Matthew from Hornbeck, and respects Matthew for who he is, even though Matthew is his opponent in court. When Matthew is taken to the doctor, Hornbeck starts to insult and denigrate Matthew. After a few exchanges between the two of them Hornbeck says that Henry is too soft-hearted because he is sad about the death of Matthew. Henry then replies, “Why? Because I refuse to erase a man’s lifetime?
Antigone in the prologue is talking with Ismene about the battle between Polyneices and Eteocles, which definitely stirs up emotions between the two. Ismene says at one point “They mean a great deal to me, but I have no strength To break laws that were made for the public good. (p.60-61)” Ismene wants to bury him, but she fears for her life and doesn’t want to gamble her life to do it. Antigone feels that she should bury her brother and is very willing to do it, as seen when she says “ I am going to bury him...He is my brother. (p.30-33)” The willingness and bravery of Antigone to do what she feels is right in this situation brings out her overall character traits, her stubbornness and passion.
But at that moment he felt willing to change, because he lived a sinful life, and ask God to save him, a dramatic moment where he felt lost and asked for mercy. Everyman realized that his fortune material had no value and that it was more important the fortune of God. Everyman acts representing humanity, fighting for morality inside, although he thinks that death is evil because it comes from hell. Death is ironically a messenger of God. Everyman had discovered that while he was successful in life, the afterlife was a different story because his wealth could not go with him or count in the Book of life.
The fallen have obviously destroyed their credibility with the maker, and apologies and excuses alone will not save them. Continuing with His speech, He explains to His listeners that He wants them to be saved, but by doing so Himself He is against risking the truth of their free will. Basically, God is not so subtly looking for a volunteer to “Die he or justice must, unless for him/ Some other able and as willing to pay/ The rigid satisfaction, death for death” (3.210-212). Acting as all fathers do, He implements the tough love and says that if they’re going to act like that, someone has to take responsibility. And, as God’s creations, the angels are unwilling to suffer for the sins of another.