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
As a result of her deviation, Harriet is scared her husband would abandon her because this is the third time, her baby was born with a deviation. With the given evidence from the text, “This is the third time. They’ll take my baby away again like they took the others. I can’t stand that - not again, Henry will turn me out I think. He’ll find another wife who can give him proper children.” (Wyndham, 71).
The significance of this memory is that it shows the reader that Ruth is fully aware of the fact that Matt is preparing to kill Richard that night and that she is also alright with letting him go and commit murder, and likely the only possible reason why a sweet woman like Ruth would be willing to let her husband murder another human being would be because of her grieving, and the belief this loss gave her and her husband that it was morally acceptable to kill Richard because he murdered their son. Overall, that is how Ruth appears to be suffering from loss as seen through her thoughts and
It’s obvious what has happened here, Abigail saw what Mary was making and conjured up a scheme to get Mrs. Proctor convicted of witchcraft. She knew that Mary would take that home and that if Mr. Cheever searched the Proctor's house hold he would find it there. It all adds up except for one flagrant question, why? What reason could there possibly be for Ms. Williams to have this sort of hatred towards Elizabeth? Could it be that she’s spiteful of Mrs. Proctor for dismissing her from her servitude?
This child, Pearl, was born due to a sin committed by her mother. Upon the scaffold, she holds her daughter as the townspeople openly discuss scarlet letter sewed on her attire and ways to punish her more effectively. Hester stands there soaking in everything around her, all the abhorrent comments about her choices and lifestyle. She suffers from the abasement of the community and no one shows her compassion, yet she persevered. Hester is forced to be paraded through the streets like a criminal, but in the townspeople 's eyes, she is a criminal.
Many of the families lost their farm and animals were free loose on the streets because many were blamed. The accusation of Abigail towards Elizabeth Proctor separated her from her husband John Proctor. Elizabeth was taken to jail for putting a needle in the poppet. Everyone was in trial, Giles, and his wife Martha were separated and killed. Families were getting split and killed because of this non sense going on.
Throughout his childhood, Richard is constantly exposed to religion in unethical ways by his family. His mother and grandmother pressure him into believing in God by making him feel guilty and useless if he does not do so. On one such occasion, his mother pressures him into being baptized. She says to him, “Don’t you love your old
Despite how tense their relationship has been after Elizabeth found out about the affair, Proctor and Elizabeth still hold strong mutual feelings for each other. When Hale came to arrest Elizabeth under the charge that she had assaulted Abigail through the poppet that Mary had brought home with her, Proctor defended her vigorously by declaring the statement: “I will not give my wife to vengeance!” (Miller, 77). The vengeance that Proctor refers to in this statement is Abigail and her determination to replace Elizabeth as Proctor’s lover. This statement is evidence that Proctor is trying to protect Elizabeth from Abigail’s clutches and prove that he is loyal to his wife. Likewise, when Elizabeth is brought before Danforth to verify Proctor’s confession, she lies to protect her husband, whom she refers to as a “goodly man,” from suspicion (Miller, 113).
There are many causes as to why this may be; from Proctor’s supposed lingering feelings for Abigail as he had stated, “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time” (page 24), to Proctor wanting to protect his own reputation. Were Proctor to testify against Abigail, it would in character for her to turn against him, and expose him of committing adultery. Not only would Abigail’s newfound status as a “saint” land Proctor in being exposed as a lecher to
Towards the end of chapter five in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne, in addition to her personal guilt as a result of her sin, is subjugated to humiliation due to the townspeople’s actions. Isolation caused by the behavior of people around her prompts Hester to reseed into herself, which leads Hester to a realization that not only disgusts her, but provides evidence of hypocrisy within the practice of beliefs that the Puritan town is structured. In this section, Hawthorn describes Hester’s submission to pain inflicted by humiliation cast upon her by townspeople: Hester resists the urge to fight back, instead pushing down her reaction and accepting the punishments doled out by her community. For example Hester “[schools] herself long and well”