John Proctor now has a new purpose, larger than just saving his wife; he wants to see justice for the community in the end. After Danforth spares Elizabeth for an extra year, he asks John, “Will you drop this charge?” (92). Proctor responds, “I—I think I cannot” (92). Danforth notes, “Then your purpose is somewhat larger” (92). Shortly after this scene, John admits to his adultery with Abigail and he condemns the court for believing pretense and is taken to jail. Several days later, Elizabeth comes to see John in the jail. He exclaims, “My honesty is broke, Elizabeth; I am no good man” (136). Elizabeth responds, “And yet you’ve not confessed till now. That speak goodness in you” (136). John then goes to the court and reluctantly confesses, in order to save his life; however in the few moments that he stands in the court giving his confession, something changes. He refuses to sign his confession. Reverend Hale warns, “Man you will hang! You cannot!” (144). Proctor, now living for justice, exclaims, “I can. And there’s your first marvel, that I can. You have made your magic now, for now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs” (144). Proctor upholds his integrity and accepts execution. He dies with honesty, signifying a true
When people think of the play, “The Crucible”, they usually picture the witch trials and women being hanged, but Arthur Miller depicts the witch trials in a completely new light. He shows through a story that the witch trials were much more than just people calling others witches. There was deceit, pain, greed, and more. Through the play, we follow the character, Abigail, observe her actions and their consequences. We witness the lives of people she impacts, what happens to them, and how many times she lies to get her way. Abigail does all this for the man that she loves and had an affair with, John Proctor. If the reader begins to focus on John, his actions and what he stands for, they are easily able to recognize he portrays characteristics of the flawed nature of an individual. It is shown through the fact that he had an affair, isn’t able to forgive himself, and at the end of the book, is unable to give up something dear to him to save himself and others.
In The Crucible, John Proctor the protagonist, becomes a victim of the witch trials when his wife Elizabeth, is accused of witchcraft. In order to free his wife, Proctor must convince Judge Danforth of his wife’s innocence. Judge Danforth does not sign condemnations lightly and takes meticulous inspection of his cases to determine the guilty party. He is also a highly religious man who takes matters between God and men seriously. It is because of Danforth’s dedication to the law and God that Proctor utilizes ethos, logos, and pathos to persuade him. Ultimately, Proctor uses ethos, logos, and pathos to convince Danforth to free his wife, but is unsuccessful.
One of the most powerful human emotions is desire. Everyone is constantly trying to fulfill their own desires. A desire or passion may be so strong it can conflict with morality. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams, is driven to go against her moral duty and pursue John Proctor. She will stop at nothing to see her plan through. Abigail is willing to accuse any one in her path of witchcraft even if it means taking the lives of those close to her. Abigail Williams’ emotional desire guides her actions even if it conflicts with morality.
In The Crucible written by Arthur Miller, he writes about a story of witches in Salem, Massachusetts. The play is about a group of young girls who control the village with the fake pretense of having seen the devil and who he has worked with John Proctor and Reverend Parris are two characters within the play who both have similar experiences to each other. The story teaches us that different actions lead to different circumstances.
In the play “The Crucible” set in the town of Salem which is burdened by the belief of witches, we are introduced to the main character John Proctor. John has the conscience of an honest man even though he has committed a severe sin, which he hides, adultery. Because of this his name is tainted, making the reader doubt the goodness in him. When Proctor reveals the truth in court, we are surprised because he has confessed knowing it will blacken his name, and he has done this in order to save his wife, Elizabeth Proctor. Because of this we are able to see that Proctor bears responsibility for what has occurred. However when he confesses, Abigail turns against him and accuses Proctor of being a witch. Now this man faces a new dilemma and wrestles with his conscience debating whether to save himself from the gallows with a confession to witchcraft, which he did not commit. Hale and the judges pressure him into confessing to a lie, even though he comes close to doing do. He cannot bring himself to
Proctor’s case is ultimately not believed by the court because Elizabeth did not tell the truth, therefore he will pay the consequences of his actions according to the court. The morning before his conviction, he speaks to his wife Abigail and confesses by saying “I cannot mount gibbet like a saint, it is fraud, My Honesty is broke, Elizabeth, I am no good man, nothing's spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long before.” (Miller 126). By this quotation in the text the reader is able to tell that Proctor, who knows is going to die, expresses his disappointment in himself and asks Elizabeth for forgiveness for his crime of adultery. This in turn shows the sporadic change of proctors situation. Starting as a secret, later becoming evidence and finally being used as a
Millions of people are in unhealthy relationships, which can be identified in certain ways. In the tragedy, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor, and his wife, Elizabeth Proctor have issues in their marriage. John has an affair with a girl named Abigail Williams while Elizabeth is sick. As a result, this breaks her trust in him, making her come off as cold and reserved. The nature of John and Elizabeth’s relationship is unhealthy because their words and actions towards each other reveal a sense of hostility, mistrust, and lack of affection.
Published in 1952, during a period of cold war tensions, which culminated in the ideological witch trials of the mcarthy era in America; The crucible by Arthure miller is set in 1692 during the witch trials in salem massachusetts. The author has used allegory to position the reader to draw parrelels betweeen the to time periods and critisize the persecution that occured in both eras. One of the main themes that Miller has used to portray this viewpoint is the representation of personal integrity. Integrity is the quality of having strong moral pronciples.This is acheived through strongly contrasted characterisation of characters such as Abigail williams and and Rebecca Nurse, aswell as the inclusion of textual features such as irony, symbolism
In the Catholic Church, one of the Seven Deadly Sins is excessive pride in oneself. Most people have pride and demonstrate it in their daily lives. Some people have pride in their religion, while others take pride in their accomplishments. The Catholic Church sees pride being a sin because people only think of themselves when they show their pride. Instead of focusing on themselves, the Church wants their followers to help other people. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible demonstrates how excessive pride leads to the downfall of male characters, John Proctor and Reverend Hale.
Arguably, one of the most important characters of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” is protagonist John Proctor. In Salem’s community, he stands with a level head as a progressive, strong-willed and passionate man. However, Proctor plays a large role in the inaction of the witch hunt because of his affair with Abigail who is still in love with him when he no longer reciprocates her love. As an act of revenge, Abigail attempts to take away what Proctor loves, including Elizabeth who she frames for an attempted murder through witchcraft. He mimics that of a tragic hero archetype because he struggles with a guilty conscience of the affair with Abigail and beings to lose what loves. Due to Proctor’s guiltiness and desperate need to repent, he becomes aggressive and rash when he was once a steady and strong-willed man.
That regard flourishes into loving devotion when Elizabeth is unjustifiably charged as a witch. He promises to her, "I will bring you home. I will bring you home soon" (73), as she leaves. When Proctor discovers that it is Abigail who has unjustly accused his wife, he suddenly comprehends that he has kept his illicit affair a secret for too long. John's self-serving desire to remain highly regarded in the community has weakened him in comparison to Abigail, who now is in control. His love for his wife compels Proctor to convince his young housekeeper Mary Warren to go to the court and recount everything she knows about the lies that Abigail Williams and the other accusers are telling. In order to get what he wants, John threatens Mary by screaming " … I will bring your guts into your mouth but goodness will not die for me" (80). In court, Mary Warren surrenders to Abigail's threatening glares and refuses to testify. John Proctor is arrested as a devil worshipper for attempting to undermine the witch trials and it is wrongly determined that Proctor lied when admitting to an affair with Abigail in order to discredit her ludicrous claims. Still floundering to atone for his sins, John uses his last opportunity to speak to Elizabeth before he is hung to profess his love to her. "You are a marvel, Elizabeth"
“PROCTOR with solemn warning: You will not judge me more, Elizabeth. I have good reason to think before I charge fraud on Abigail, and I will think on it. Let you look to your own improvement before you go to judge your husband any more. I have forgot Abigail, and—ELIZABETH: And I. PROCTOR: Spare me! You forget nothin’ and forgive nothin’. Learn charity, woman. I have gone tiptoe in this house all seven month since she is gone. I have not moved from there to there without I think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral marches round your heart. I cannot speak but I am doubted, every moment judged for lies, as though I come into a court when I come into this house!
John Proctor was a man who valued honesty, however, he was guilty of the one flaw he hated the most, hypocrisy. After sleeping with seventeen-year-old Abigail Williams, Proctor’s dignity had been critically injured, and in order to preserve what little pride he had left John’s decisions revolved around saving his reputation. Subsequently, when Abigail Williams began her rise to power, Proctor avoided confessing to save the lives of those in the village. Instead, he opted to protect his reputation and give his generic opinion of the absurdity of the witch accusations. Nonetheless, the crusades became headstrong and intractable, and John’s wife, Elizabeth, became the next victim of the accusations. Although John’s lack of action had provoked the arrest of his wife, Proctor continued his attempt to maintain his pride, until it was too late. Once all the resources had been used, Proctor finally set aside his pride and confessed to lechery, but the trials had already accumulated into a boulder rolling down a hill, they could not be stopped. Consequently, John Proctor was arrested and sentenced to death. However, at the end of the play, John Proctor’s last decision was one based on pride, but this time the decision was one of dignity and not superficial sentiments of pride. Rather than confess to a crime he was not guilty of, Proctor found the realization that his honesty was who he was, his honesty was his source of pride. Taking the confession in his hand, Proctor ripped it in half, effectively assuring his execution. Despite the fact that Proctor’s last decision was made to preserve his dignity and pride, his body still hung from the noose, swaying in the wind. Unfortunately, up until his very last moments, John’s decisions were influenced by his pride, which contributed to the
She has an arrow in you yet, John Proctor, and you know it well!”(Miller, 66). Though Proctor has been trying to forget about what he has done with Abigail, he comes to realize that, while he despises the idea, Abigail will stop at nothing to be with him, even if it means killing Elizabeth Proctor; John Proctor has come to think that keeping his affair in the dark is a better choice than confessing to his sins, when the truth is that it’s only the easier choice. Because Proctor refuses to face his fear of confession, many people are accused by Abigail, including his own wife. Furthermore, Proctor is taking a greater risk by not confessing, for Abigail Williams can use the affair as leverage, and the longer he waits to confess, the worse the punishment will be, especially if he isn’t the one to give himself