Also, he would have had to have known that Abigail Williams would have immediately accused him of being a witch once he spoke out against them. However, that did not stop him from delivering the truth to the court. The last instance of his heroic bravery is when he decides to be hanged instead of going along with the lies of witchcraft. He stood up for what he believed in and ultimately had to pay the price for it. That, is true bravery from John Proctor.
Arthur Miller did a good job of portraying the Salem Witch Trials in The Crucible. In real life, Reverend John Hale was a well respected expert on the work of the Devil from Beverly, called into Salem to help investigate the girls. He was one of the first to suggest the girls were tormented by outside sources, and helped spearhead the search for the guilty. However, as the number of accusations increased, so did his disbelief of them. He was probably teetering on the brink of for and against the trials, when his wife was accused and it put him over the edge.
In light of the morals and values of characters evidently shaping the personal identity of characters, this can also be blatantly seen when Francis Nurse, an influential man in Salem, who is well respected in Salem due to his nature of being able to called upon when needed, risks his social standing in an attempt to fulfil his role as a good husband. “Excellency, we have proof for your eyes; God forbid you shut them to it. The girls, sir, the girls are frauds.” For this reason, Francis Nurse identified to the court that the Judge and governor have been deceived in an attempt to save his wife. Ultimately, Francis Nurse is aware of the dilemma in which he has placed himself in, but due to his morals and values of the roles in which he needs to fulfil he sacrifices himself. Another example of an individual whose personal identity determines their actions is Danforth, who is introduced into the play as a well-informed and structured man; this also assists with the attribution of his role as a Judge, and is implied to be a man of his word.
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.
In Darrow’s closing argument he gives his famed “A Plea for Mercy” to the judge. This plea not only acted as a conclusion to his defense, but it also acted as an introduction the eradication of the death penalty. Darrow uses a mix of ethos, pathos, logos, and other rhetorical devices to impose a merciful effect on his audience in hopes to reduce his clients punishment and the use of capital punishment. Darrow gracefully uses all three appeals when referring to the rise of crime after war “I know that it has followed every war; and I know it has influenced these boys so that life was not the same to them as it would have been if the world had not been made red with blood. I protest against the crimes and mistakes of society being visited upon them.
Reverend Parris works for a good name because of prideful and selfish reasons. Judge Danforth values his control and power in the court. He believes that his power and decisions are guided by God. Danforth is confident in what he is doing; he sees no wrong in his actions of hanging people. He feels the need to get rid of the “witches” in Salem and likes expressing
Throughout the book Atticus faces many conflicts that he handles very well, making him the hero of the story. When responding to conflict, Atticus Finch shows to be a very responsible man. Atticus states “...if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something i’ll gladly take. He had to take it out on somebody and i’d rather it be me than that household of children out there.” (Lee Page 218) Atticus knew that beacuse he had humiliated Bob Ewell in court that Bob would be very angry. He knew that
Macbeth and the biblical story of Ahab are similar in the way that two Nobel men, Macbeth and Ahab, allowed their sinful desires of land and power to rapidly lead them to take the life of someone else. Though Macbeth and Ahab were guilty, Lady Macbeth and Jezebel were equally responsible for the deaths of innocent people. They tempted their husbands to commit murder when they believed that was the only thing that would fulfill their husbands desires. Unfortunately, we saw that the result of both of these stories ended with terrible consequences. For most of the characters in these stories the result was their own lives.
¨We reserve the death penalty in the United States for the most heinous murders and the most brutal and conscienceless murderers.” I can see why the Supreme Court doesn 't want these people in prison, because they might kill somebody in prison, or if they get bailed out they wouldn 't learn their lesson and do what they were doing AGAIN. ¨We have the responsibility to punish those who deserve it, but only to the degree they deserve it.¨ I can also see why they think people deserve it for their horrible actions, they believe that since they did some outrageous murder, or a really bad crime they deserve to die. ¨"Whatever your feelings are toward the death penalty, one thing most people will never know is the pain experienced when a family member, or in my case, family members are brutally tortured and murdered.¨ This is saying that families go through a lot when a murderer kills one of their loved ones, and the family wants that person executed. Personally, the death penalty in my eyes can help families feel like they 've got justice, and make them feel like they did something for the loved one that was
In addition to causing the people to, it causes people’s personalities to parallel with the Devil. Giles Corey is a man known for having a court record, due to constant attempt to obtain the land of others. John Proctor claims that Giles “cannot say (...) good morning without [clapping] him for defamation”, because “it [is] the Devil’s fault” (31). The Devil claims power in this situation considering that the effect that he has on Giles is one that strips away his morals as a human being. Similarly, but in a contrasting locality, during this time period, it is known that the Devil’s abilities are able to convert even the purest and sinless people away from God.
It broke him to know that he was at fault for 19 innocent deaths. This experience changes him from being a confident man, who believed in the law and the witch trials to a humble and hurt man. At the beginning of the story Hale was overly confident. Parris reached out to him to come to Salem and hunt witches. Hale felt pride because he was called publically.
The torture apparatus was used by the Old Commandant, and later the Officer, in order to enforce the laws he had created, employing macabre means to do so. Those who violated the commandments were all punished by the machine, no matter the severity of the violation thanks in part to the absolute authority held by the Officer as the judge, jury, and executioner. In this
A reputable minister and expert in diagnosing witchcraft, Reverend John Hale has good intentions and sincere desire in devoting himself to his faith and work. However, Hale’s faith and work waver as he realizes that the girls have manipulated his own beliefs, realizing that he is sending innocent people to their death.
John Proctor was a very important character in “The Crucible” and one of the reasons as to why would be his accusation against the “afflicted children” and a direct accusation towards Abigail Williams. In the end, John Proctor was hanged. While John had good intention, in the long run, John was a selfish hero. John’s intentions were forged by a good heart and strong beliefs. Mr. Proctor took these intentions, beliefs, and durner, evidence, to the court.