Another character who is used to show the dangers of acting without integrity is Reverend Parris. Throughout the whole play, Parris exclusively looks out for himself while letting others take the fall. He shows his lack of honour by allowing others to be harmed by the hysteria in Salem while attention is diverted from him and his wrong-doing. By the end, he does come to understand that the hangings of John Proctor and Rebecca Nurse would be detrimental because they are still respected in the town, but he comes to this conclusion for the wrong and dishonourable reasons, as he is still only trying to protect his
It all comes down to just one particular fear which is not fitting in. This is called conformity; it is going along with a group and modeling your response to theirs on the way. People are afraid to state their own opinions and speak their minds which only results on them following someone else’s ideas even if they do not agree with it.
In Arthur Miller’s historical fiction play The Crucible (1953), he created loyal and unloyal figures that either stay true to their beliefs or falter in order to save themselves. Multiple selfish characters such as Thomas Putnam, his wife, and Abigail Williams manipulate others for their own gain- with no regard to any loyalty toward those people they have known for years. In The Crucible, the town of Salem goes into a panic when people are accused of witchcraft, and long-term friends start turning on each other. Loyalty does not matter, because people are either trying to save themselves or get something from it by using other people. Many people disregard loyalty and allow self-interest to overcome their integrity.
Christian never informs Roxane that Cyrano was the one who really wrote the letters because he dies in combat. Christian would have told if he had lived, but sadly Roxane never learns and has to live with the sorrow of her false love dying. Although ignorant, Christian is noble and honest. He tries to make Roxane love him for reasons other than the letters and even tries to tell her they were from Cyrano. Though he fails, knowing that what was happening was not right makes him honest, and doing his best to tell Roxane regardless of his love for her makes him noble.
How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!”(1272). These words by John Proctor exemplify his character by making, in my opinion, not a very wise decision. In the play The Crucible, John Proctor’s unwillingness can be seen as selfish because others hung before he confessed his affair with Abigail but he redeemed himself by undoing his confession and refusing to sell the court other names, which Arthur Miller used to convey a message about a crucible being put through a fire/trial and coming out in its purest form, through the character of John
People's justification to engage in civil disobedience rests on the unresponsiveness that their engagement to oppose an unjust law receives. People who yearn for a change in a policy might sometimes find themselves in a dead end because their “attempts to have the laws repealed have been ignored and legal protests and demonstrations have had no success” (Rawls 373). What Rawls says is that civil disobedience is a last option to oppose an unjust law; therefore, providing civil disobedients with a justification for their cause. Civil disobedience is the spark of light that people encountered at the dead end and they hope that this spark of light will illuminate to show that an unjust law should not exist at all. Martin Luther King, Jr, in his “Letter from
I do not like the idea of turning our responsibility over to somebody else in hopes that they will make the right decisions. I do not like the fact that the steps put so much importance on other people rather than the transformation of
In truth, the Friar is the main person responsible for Romeo and Juliet’s death because Romeo and Juliet’s family and friends did not know and no one took what the Nurse said seriously. However, everyone respected and listened to the Friar because of his status with the church. As a priest, it was his job to protect Romeo and Juliet and yet he failed. He failed because he believed he could make a change, he did not read the signs, and he did not care. “The fool who knows his foolishness is wise at any rate so far.
The people of Salem also were scared, at first of the Devil but quickly of what their fellow man could do to them if they were accused of being a witch. The only way to solve this was to join in the accusations. Faith did not motivate the people of Salem, greed and fear
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