When Danforth gets to the near end of the questions that he was asking he asked John questions about others. Danforth asks John if he saw anyone with the Devil when he met him but every time he asked a John denied it and said, “I did not” (1331). I believe that John did this to kind of prove a point to the court and sort of embarrass them for having hanged innocent people. John’s intent I think was to try and stop the stupidness that was going on in Salem at the time. He was trying to change the world by using the power of him as an
He was comparing how communists did exist and witches did not, but yet they were both taken as serious. He was explaining how if anyone stood up to the witch trials in Salem, 1600s they would face immediate arrest, the hardest interrogation and possibly even the rope. People who were even thought to be communists would be trialed with un-American activities. Miller wouldn’t have written The Crucible if he wasn’t trialed on un-American activities. Witchcraft is the beliefs and practicing of magic spells to create unnatural happenings.
Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin believed communism was the most daunting threat to the American government at the time. Moreover, most Americans had only heard of communism, but were generally unaware of the topic until McCarthy preached his opinions. After his speech to the Republican National Convention in 1952, American citizens suddenly felt a responsibility to rid the country of communists. Although the thought of communism did not pose a danger to the average American, McCarthy’s rampant speeches made unknowing citizens feel a sense of urgency toward the topic. One reason Americans heard little of communism is because the government did not want them to know.
In “The Crucible” many people were accused without any specific evidence of their doing. The only evidence needed to be gained to prove that someone is a witch is accusations, spectral evidence, and that the person can’t recite the lord's prayer. The main reason of the witch hunts were to prevent the work of the devil.If the person accused doesn’t confess to witchcraft they were put to death. If the person does confess they would sign a document writing down their confession which will be shown to the
Mary desperately wants to tell the truth because she believes their punishment will be less severe if they are truthful. Because of this Abigail threatened her and the other girls, saying they will not tell the truth, so the girls decide to use the two afflicted girls to their advantage and claim witchcraft. Their claim of witchcraft leads to an entire mess of people being falsely accused. John Proctor knows that the girls are lying but doesn't do anything about it until his wife is arrested. Whereupon he forces Mary Warren to tell him the truth and say that she will tell the truth to the court to save all of the innocent people.
In act three, Danforth is faced with written evidence, Mary Warren who will testify, and two men, determined to fight for their wives. Instead of seeing the flaws in the girls, he sees the flaws in the men before him. He damns Proctor to death because he 's going against the court. He had the power to put someone to death and he increased the fear of witchcraft be believing these girls.
His guiltiness saved her from being executed for a crime that she never committed. When his lapse in integrity occurred and he committed lechery, it caused Abigail to want to be his wife more than ever. In order to become his wife, she had to find a way to remove Elizabeth from her position. Abigail’s condemnation provided her with the perfect opportunity to accuse Elizabeth of witchcraft. Elizabeth was bound to hang, until John Proctor’s guilt came into play.
Reading Between the Lines Pride is a personal commitment. Keep in mind how pride connects to personal commitment when talking about a tragic hero in The Crucible. Although many people may assume that Reverend Hale is the tragic hero of The Crucible, I believe John Proctor is because how he makes Mary Warren confess to the court about how Abigail and the girls are lying about conjuring the devil, Proctor also confesses about having an affair with Abigail. Even though knowing the consequences for his action Proctor would do anything in his supremacy to save his spouse from prison or the act of being hanged. In act two of The Crucible Proctor demands that Mary Warren confess to the court regarding the young women lying about conjuring Satan.
Second, Pap is an alcoholic, racist, and abusive father who puts Huck’s life in danger. Third, Jim not only takes care of Huck and he challenges him to decide what Huck’s morals are, therefore allowing Huck to find his identity. The Widow Douglas is one of the few mother figures in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. She becomes the guardian of Huck after he makes a deal with Tom. Huck explains, “But Tom Sawyer, he hunted me up and said he was going to start a band of robbers, and I might join if I would go back to the widow and be respectable.