Robbie Panta Outcomes of Unforgivable Sins François-Marie, a famous enlightenment writer once said, “It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one” (Volaire 42). The play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, contains many different types of guilt in the main character, John Proctor. Many innocent people in the Salem are hanged while the guilty people are thought of as saints. During this play, a young woman, Abigail Williams, accuses innocent people for witchcraft and seeks for more attention. Proctor is a farmer who lives in Salem Massachusetts.
However, as the whole incident becomes out of control, he realizes something is wrong. Hale points out to the judge, “I may shut my conscience to it no more—private vengeance is working through this testimony! (Holt p.1150)” Hale does not keep silence when he discovers that the whole incident is a hysteria starts by a girl who wants private vengeance. In the play, Corey also stands out to point out the flaws of the whole witch hunt incident. Despite the risk of being accused, Corey stands out to accuse Thomas Putnam of encouraging his daughter to accuse George Jacobs in order to get his land.
In the court?” which Proctor responded with “If you will have it so, so I will tell it” (Miller 142). This shows that he does not want to tarnish his name with the sin of adultery, however, if Abigail won’t call off the witch hunt herself, Proctor will confess in order to save his wife as well as the rest of the accused. When Proctor actually confessed, he stated, “But it is a whore’s vengeance, and you must see it; I set myself entirely in your hands” (Miller 102). This is compelling evidence because
Reverend Hale's last attempt to save Proctor is to try to have Elizabeth convince Proctor to confess. Proctor strongly considers it but tears the confession paper up as he does not want to ruin his family name. Hale, defeated, weeps in prayer as Proctor is sent to hung. Reverend Hale's downfall in the novel was his quick assumption that there was witchcraft in Salem. Everyone's fear of the unknown and the chance of witches being present in Salem caused many deaths due to jumping to conclusions.
Hamlet, is unsure who he has stabbed and killed through the curtain, but hopes that it is Claudius. Hamlet concurs with his mother that his actions are reckless and brutal. He quickly refocuses his concerns back to addressing his mother's actions which he veiws as reprehensible. Hamlet’s need for revenge as a result of Claudius’s betrayal against him and his father encourages Hamlet to appear insane. His choice to appear insane drives him to try murder Claudius in an unforeseen way.
The emotions a person feels can cause people to do unimaginable things to themselves and other people. Throughout the book, people's emotions bring out the worst of the people of Salem. The people of Salem begin accusing people of witchcraft for their own personal vendettas and gain. In the book “ The Crucible” by Arthur Miller the people demonstrate, When reason fails, emotions control and results in the destruction of what is morally right or good. Before the book begins, Abigail Williams was fired by the Proctors because of her affair with John Proctor, the husband of the Elizabeth Proctor.
In 2.2, he tells Claudius that he believes Hamlet is mad due to his love for Ophelia. He also tells Ophelia to stop seeing Hamlet because he believes Hamlet’s feelings for her are fleeting. Polonius ignoring his own good advice not only shows that he does not care about his daughter’s feelings, but also that he cannot make good
In the small town of Salem, Massachusetts rumors of witchcraft run rampant. During a time of great chaos, John Proctor engages in an affair with Abigail Williams, a household servant. Guilt-ridden over the betrayal, John confesses to his wife, “I'll plead no more! I see now the spirit twists around the single error of my life, and I will
“The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build” - Margaret Thatcher. Jealousy and envy are horrible human traits which stem from insecurity, strife, bitterness, and obsessive caring, leading humans to do sinful things. Morley Callaghan’s short story “Watching and Waiting” depicts Thomas Hilliard, an envious husband who feels neglected by his wife and wishes to receive the same affection she shows to others. However, due to his feelings of jealousy he loses his trust in his wife and believes that she is cheating on him. Ultimately, his mistrust in her destroys their relationship and ruins the lives they previously had together.
During his runaway journey, he befriends two nuns and discusses his thoughts on how Mercutio’s death “was Romeo’s fault… It drives [Holden] crazy if somebody gets killed… and it’s somebody else’s fault” (145). A strong sign of his inability to recover is that he blames himself for his brother’s death. Holden seems himself as Romeo and Allie as Mercutio. Although he could not help Allie at all, he still places the blame on himself. Because he knows the negative effect of a premature loss of innocence, he clings onto his belief of innocence in the youth.