In the court, he admits to adultery not only to save his wife from death, but also to save himself from the guilt and the shame inside him. “My wife is innocent, except she know a whore when she see one”; When Elizabeth brought in the court to ask about Proctor sin of adultery, she said, “Elizabeth, I have confessed it”(III. 50). John recognizes that coming forth in this forum about his adultery is the last chance that he has to save his wife. In his confession, Proctor is showing his level of self- awareness and full disclosure to remedy the hidden demons.
Proctor shows that just because Abigail is the accuser, doesn’t mean she is innocent and that she is lying so she can gain revenge. Once again, the court ignores all of the reasonable answers that Proctor provides and agrees with Abigail’s theory of witchcraft. After further disagreement with the court, Proctor finally decides to confess his affair with Abigail to prove that she isn’t as innocent as she seems. This action sacrifices Proctor’s good name; which is sacred in the Puritan society. Even after throwing away his good name though, the court still denies the truth and puts Proctor in jail.
This is very clear in the beginning when he is talking to Giles and Paris, as he is begin swayed back and forth based on what their reaction to something is. Also, he is still accusing people (like Abigail) at the end of the play, just not the innocent people whom he was persecuting before. He is almost destroying his reputation as a “witch hunter”, but he knows that he will have better character and a personal name, rather than a public name with no conscience. So, Reverend Hale has not changed in some ways, but the ways he has changed were in his faults, and all of the changes were made for the
Proctor is widely respected in the Salem community. However, he has a secret that threatens his reputation. He cheated on his wife Elizebeth Proctor with Abigail Williams. As a result, he has a strong internal conflict regarding his integrity. Proctor is a benevolent man at heart, however he has sinned according to puritan law.
The officials have been making irrational decisions because of all the hysteria in the town. When Hale gets fed up with the court officials he challenges its legitimacy. “I denounce these proceedings!” (120) He makes a powerful statement which shows that he does not agree or approve of what is going on within the court because of his strong ethics and morals. When John Proctor, a townsman falsely accused of witchcraft, says that he would rather die than confess to something he has not done, Hale tries to convince him to confess. “Life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it.
The court presents him with an ultimatum with which he can plead guilty and live or be hanged with the others who didn't confess. After speaking with Elizabeth, John decides that he wants his life and surrenders to a confession. After he signs the confession, he also tears it up signing his own death warrant so to say, not wanting to live a lie. As Reverend Parris and Hale are about to object, John pronounces "...for now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor..."(133), referring to his honesty. He would rather die for the greater good, which are the honest people in society.
When he is given the truth, he is unwilling to accept the truth. Therefore, he will have to punish himself as he promised the people of the town. When Oedipus learns that he is the one who killed Laius, he is angry and unaccepting. He turns to blame the person closest to him, Creon, but, Tiresias says, “Creon is not your enemy. You are your own” (Episode 1).
Even angels, holy figures, must abide by human laws no matter how good they are. Melville is trying to show a flaw in the system as Billy is put into a horrible position with a man trying to frame him for mutiny. Captain Vere knows of Billy goodness but even that cannot save him when he kills someone who is evil. Vere knows that hanging Billy is much easier than defending him. Billy is used as a scapegoat in the news about arising mutiny in order to scare others.
Othello listened to each and every lie Iago poured into his mind and didn’t doubt him all but once, as Iago was ‘’honest’ and one of his oldest friends. In the novel Othello by William Shakespeare, the star character: Othello, a man of a pristine reputation, was tainted. He became pitiful, ruthless, and cowardly by the time the play script had ended. All because of a few simple lies. The lies Iago spread very clearly contaminated Othello.
In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, John Proctor’s act of tearing up his confession is believable. Many see John Proctor as a good and noble Christian. Proctor is the definition of what a good Christian man should be and, in the end he will go down fighting for what he believes in. When John Proctor tears up his confession at the end of the play he does it because he is a good and loyal friend. Proctor says, “Spare me!
Please Lord, in your bountiful wisdom, give me guidance. I see now there is only one way to save them - to lie. Forgive me Lord, but the only way to save them is to sin. I must plead with the accused and make them confess. If these people are murdered by the hands of the court and my over-confidence I fear evil may have truly won in
Thomas Putnam also uses revenge just like his wife, but for greedy reasons. To clarify, Thomas Putnam uses the witchcraft trials to get the land back that he thinks is rightfully his. In act #1 Thomas Putnam says, “He had no right to sell it. It stands clear in my grandfather’s will that all the land between the river and-.” For example, he uses revenge against the other men in Salem to get their land and become wealthier. He accused the citizens of Salem of putting spells on Ruth which resulted in her being “sick”.