The Reverend’s Loss. In a spiritual-judicial endeavor, a priest loses his sense of self, his piety, and his sanity. In ‘The Crucible By Arthur Miller’, when Reverend Hale first stepped into the light, he was very pious and very confident in his mission to eradicate witchcraft in Salem. Though as the play progresses Hale’s demeanor changes, communicating a sort of despair in the way he carries himself. Throughout The Crucible, during the Salem Witch Trials, Reverend Hale slowly changes from a ‘confident man with a plan’, to a haggard preacher who seems to be losing himself amongst the chaos of these colonial trials based off of lies.
¨Hale, continuing to Elizabeth: Let you not mistake your duty as I mistook my own. I came into this village like a bridegroom to his beloved, bearing gifts of high religion; the very crowns of holy law I brought, and what I touched with my bright confidence, it died; and where I turned the eye of my great faith, blood flowed up.¨. Hale recognizes the way he had first acted when he was introduced in the play he had false confidence, was falsely assertive, a title of the best witch hunter in that region meant nothing and being a reverend, he had failed miserably to bring justice to the town of Salem. Along with being a failure he has realized that those that he had convicted were innocent and the girls that had played the system were the actual ones guilty and had escaped their well deserved punishment. The whole point of Hale being the tragic hero was that Hale would have been able to prevent all of these things onto the town but having a title does not mean you are qualified for the
Proctor says “ You are the high court, your word is good enough! tell them i confessed myself; say proctor broke his knees and wept like a woman, but my name cannot!”. In the quote John Proctor does not want written proof that he was a witch because he wants to protect his friends and not throw them under the bus. This means he cares for his friends and is truly a good man. Proctor says; “ let them that near dead now take their souls, it is pretence to me.” Proctor talks good about the people who decided not to confess.
It is evil”(Miller 4.539-540). Proctor realizes that if he lies and admits to witchcraft that it is an evil act that will only make things worst for him and his family. He is also honorable because he will not have his name written on the church door. If his name it posted it will only give the people of Salem a bad example. Lastly, with refusing to write his name, Proctor is standing up for the people who were wrongly
Gandhi once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” In The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, when characters are faced with differences between one another, they tend to show what they want the world to see instead of their true beliefs. Reverend Hale fights a battle between what he has been studying his whole life against what he feels is truly right. In the end he completely undergoes an important inner change, he sees the false accusations in the witch trials and changes from believing completely in witchcraft, to protecting the innocent and doing anything in his power to save their
John’s true friends and family have good respect for John and His good name so they let him make his own decision of not signing the paper’s. These witch trials in Salem Massachusetts show how just a little bit of lies and deception can change a town in just a few days. There were multiple conflicts between multiple people and everybody wanted a good reputation, John struggles to decide if his name is more important to him than his own life. In thought of that, the theme of respect and reputation is a big part in the life of anybody, John and the people of Salem have conflicts about this across all disciplines of their
In Arthur Miller's "The Crucible", John Proctor is our passive protagonist as he tries to save his wife and others that were accused of witchcraft.Unfortunately, his attempt was in vain and his evidence had backfired.His knowledge did not stop the witch trials because of his self-respect, and the children's high reputations, and Abigail's tactful nature. John Proctor valued his self-respect because it made him confident and helped him stand up for what he believed in. John proctor's name was synonymous with honor and integrity and was most respected in Salem.However, in the Salem witch trials, Proctor became what he hated most: a hypocrite.This causes him to lose his self-respect and confidence that led to his downspiral and made his evidence less believable. Even though Proctor was armed with evidence, the jury would not believe him as he was "either with the court or against it"(Miller, the crucible pg 213).However
By looking at The Crucible by Arthur Miller one can see that the characterization of John Proctor reveals the theme of reputation and integrity, which is important because refusing to tell lies to protect his reputation and stop delirium from spreading throughout Salem.John Proctor states that the woman of Salem who have been locked up for witchcraft:”Excellency, does it not strike upon you that so many of these women have lived so long with such upright reputation”(3.1.305-309). Proctor represents reputation because he would rather die than have his reputation downed to a victimizer. Protecting his reputation motivates John Proctor to deny that witchcraft exists in the village. All he hears is crying out of screams and wailing which is a cause of the Devil 's work: “What 's she doing? Girl what ails you?
Men are the ones who are typically meant to be seen as leaders not followers. Men are more of the bosses in situations, but this is reversed for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth and Banquo both just got done listening to the prophecies from the witches when Angus and Ross arrive to tell Macbeth he is now Lord of Cawdor. Then Macbeth discusses with Banquo if he hopes his kids will become kings, but Banquo has a bad feeling about the prophecies and believes evil tells the truth. Macbeth thinks to himself that the witches made one accurate prediction.
In fact, Reverend Hale, a well known minister during the salem witch trials, goes on to say that taking a life is never justified. Hale’s claim is true except for in instances where life is taken for justice. I somewhat agree with Hale for saying that taking a life is never justified. I think that in certain instances where justice is involved, it must be done.the bible has a great way of showing that killing is not justified in most cases but God himself sometimes has to have his people take lives to serve justice and make things better. For example, the 6th commandment in the