The Crucible Pride Quotes

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In this excerpt from Antigone, Teirsias states “Think: all men make mistakes, But a good man yields when he Knows his course is wrong, And repairs the evil: The only Crime is pride.” In other words, she portrays how everyone makes mistakes all the time, but a good person would yield and admit their mistakes to stop a situation/conflict from negatively affecting further. She also refers to pride being a lead factor towards negative connotation. Although pride can display self-worthiness and gratitude towards a goal to a situation, it's also true that the purpose of pride applies an unfavorable factor upon resolving such situation because of its lack of self awareness due to higher extent of ego, exaggerated appreciation about oneself, and the …show more content…

In The Crucible, this experience happens when witchcraft is first allegedly outspoken by the young girls including Abigail Adams, Betty Parris, and Tituba. Once they confess to witchcraft, Hale deliberately believes they spoke to the truth whilst stating “Take courage, you must give us all their names [...] Glory to God! It is broken, they are free” (Miller 45) Without proper evidence collected, he immediately resorts to witchcraft, considering he is the highest level of social status, which is the head of the church. Since Hale is briefly known as the “head of the church" with knowledgeable experiences with God, the Bible, or even the Devil, he is caught off guard with a higher extent of ego to believe everything that involves church related topics. His overall reputation, as the head of church, allows him to only believe in himself and take full responsibility of a conflict that isn’t fully handled correctly. Until Hale meets with accused Elizabeth Proctor, where he demands politely to state the Ten Commandments, which she cites properly. Furthermore, Elizabeth represents no signs of witchcraft and she is an innocent woman who doesn’t claim to be interfering with witchcraft, however puts Hale into a dilemma. Later in the book, Hale states “Why, it is all simple. [...] Can you not see the blood in my head” (Miller 121). This quote relates to his tormented ability of guilt he received from the backlash of sending individuals under the prison and potentially setting them up for the death penalty, although these individuals may not have done anything at all. So Eventually, Hales' prideful opinions lead to his clueless ability to decipher whether the Proctors or Abigail Adams were telling the truth. Finally, his overall character development led to his downfall as he became truly

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