Arthur Millers, The Crucible is a story recounting the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. John Proctor, is one of the main characters accused of witchcraft. John was a respected farmer who had a love affair with Abigail, his servant. Abigail began to accuse the people of Salem of witchcraft and most were subsequently hanged, including Proctor. Although the story of John Proctor is tragic, can his actions and motives throughout the Crucible be seen as “heroic”? A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. John proctor is a genuinely good man whose selflessness and moral values sadly lead to his death. Although John Proctors story is tragic, he is not necessarily portrayed as a hero. This …show more content…
It is a fraud for i am not that man. My honesty is broke Elizabeth; I am no good an. Nothing’s spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten log before.”
ELIZABETH: And yet you've not confessed till now. That speak, goodness in you.
PROCTOR: Spite only keeps me silent. It is hard to give a lie to dogs. I would have your forgiveness, Elizabeth.
ELIZABETH: It is not for me to give, John, I am —
Proctor in this quote reveals that his moral is somewhat broken, and that forgiveness is the remedy for his internal suffrage. Proctor is hurting because he does not think he is capable or deserves forgiveness. In line 14 of pg. 126 Elizabeth says “It is not for me to give, John, I am —“. While this quote contains a cut-off , I am able to inference that the line Elizabeth would complete it with is “not God.” It is almost irrefutable that although Proctor was not a considered a heavily religious man, he worried whether or not he would be forgiven by God. Because the setting is ,1692 Salem Massachusetts, religion obviously played a huge role in society> Proctor did indeed worry about his destination if he were to pass. This is tragic, because it presents a strong man brought to his knees by the loss of faith in himself. Another significant way Proctors story is tragic in that, he has 2 young boys and a baby on the way, all the while he is sentenced to be hung. “I have three children—how may I teach them to walk like me in the …show more content…
64 describes the Reverend Hale asking John Proctor to recite the ten commandments in order to determine whether he had the light of God. Instead of completing the tenth commandment, he repeated one, leaving out adultery. This scene illustrates how Proctor avoids the truth. The reason why this deems Proctor as un-heroic is because, instead of telling the court immediately of his relations with Abigail, he waited. Although admitting the truth was a hard decision, a hero in his place would have confessed. By confessing earlier Abigail would have been exposed for the fraud she was, as well a lot of the people executed would have still been alive. As well, in Salem breaking a Proctor’s demise was ultimately a byproduct of his own doing. Abigail wasn't fully at fault with her obsession with John. Proctor cowardly led Abigail on and then regretfully tried cease their relationship. “Abby, I may think of you from time to time.” Although this quote continues with Proctor rejecting her, this shows an example of how he victimizes her. Proctor plays with her emotions a very immoral thing to
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Proctor was always seen as a holy guy in the public’s eyes, but he wasn’t a holy guy deep down inside. Since the affair with Abigail occurred, Proctor’s standered in the church just started to go downhill. Both Proctor and Parris have different eyes in the church, Proctor’s eyes are good and Parris’s are deficient in the eyes of the church. This leads to why Proctor has resentment toward Parris as to why he states, “ I like it not that Mr.Parris should lay his hand upon my baby. I see no light in that man.
(Miller 3.141). This illustrates that Proctor, being fearless, will not give in to Danforth's offer. He wishes to go against Abigail and the Salem Court, not only to save his wife’s life, but many others. It certainly takes guts to do this. This also illustrates how Proctor shows off his heroines by being one of the only ones in all of Salem to stand up against the unjust court and all of its wrongdoings.
This makes him a hero because he's trying to win back the trust of his wife while doing everything to prove the innocence of his wife and townspeople being inculpated for witchcraft. John Proctor wasn't perfect but his personality, by being ethical with the townspeople shows his tragic heroism. Furthermore, John Proctor fought valiantly for his wife's freedom, his freedom, and the freedom, and the town of the condemned people. He never lied during the grueling quarrel for freedom.
The Crucible is a tragedy play written by Arthur Miller. In the play there was a character by the name of John Proctor; Proctor was a family man that made a huge mistake. A character named Abigail lived with proctor and his wife and his two sons. Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth, is accused of being a witch and Proctor has to make a moral decision in order to save his wife. Proctor showed a difference throughout the story and those differences also relate to Kohlberg’s “Developmental Stages of Human Moral Reason.”
In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the town of Salem is afflicted with hysteria, intolerance, and accusations that lead to death. According to philosopher Aristotle, a tragic hero possesses a tragic flaw, excessive pride, and an inevitable downfall. Protagonist John Proctor illustrates a tragic hero because he is presented as happy, powerful, and privileged, which later leads him to suffer because of his own actions. First of all, John Proctor possesses a fatal flaw, pride, which is a characteristic of a tragic hero. Proctor’s fatal flaws includes honesty and pride.
The Crucible Rough Draft Have you ever felt guilt? Guilt can control a lot of people. Guilt did control some of the characters in the Crucible. John Proctor had a lot of guilt thought out the Crucible for having an affair with Abigail and hurting his wife Elizabeth because of having the affair with Abigail.
His guiltiness saved her from being executed for a crime that she never committed. When his lapse in integrity occurred and he committed lechery, it caused Abigail to want to be his wife more than ever. In order to become his wife, she had to find a way to remove Elizabeth from her position. Abigail’s condemnation provided her with the perfect opportunity to accuse Elizabeth of witchcraft. Elizabeth was bound to hang, until John Proctor’s guilt came into play.
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). The affair may have caused Elizabeth to doubt Proctor but both parties still care deeply for each other and try to protect each other from harm. Even in his last moments, Proctor’s last words- “Show honor now, show a stony heart and sink them with it!”- were directed toward Elizabeth and were full of love and care (Miller, 144). Proctor may have sinned but his regret over his affair with Abigail and the trouble he had brought upon his wife justifies his
Proctor doubts his goodness and constantly seeks forgiveness. This is evident when he says "I cannot mount the giblet like a saint, my honesty is broke elizebeth, I am no good man. When Proctor finally has the bravery to go to court, despite the risk of exposure, he breaks down under the pressure of Abigails power and denounces god in frustration. As a result of this he is arrested. In act four, Proctor's integrity outweighs his will to live.
When Danforth tells Proctor he has not sold his freinds, Proctor states, “Beguile me not! I displays that Proctor is a hero because he is blacken all of them when this is nailed to the church the very day they hang for silence!”(Miller, 132). This incident displays that Proctor is a hero because he is willing to incriminate himself to save his friends because of an affair he decided to have with Abigail that led to her speaking blasphemously about Witchcraft in order to become Proctor’s wife. This exhibits honesty and supportiveness, Proctor himself could’ve stayed out of the trial, but he refused to let Abigail falsely incriminate his society, so he takes a stand. John Proctor is a tragic hero because he stood for a good cause and feels remorse knowing that if he had told the court that he had an affair with Abigail earlier, they wouldn’t have killed off prominent members of their society.
John Proctor demonstrates this sense selflessness during the entire course of Salem’s witch trials. From the beginning of the hearings and at his own expense, he strives to reveal the truth about the children’s stories and to expose the underlying motives behind their false accusations. When Mary Warren’s testimony fails to convince Judge Danforth, he goes as far as to publicly admit to his adultery: “God help me, I lusted... But it is a whore’s vengeance, and you must see it.” (P.110)
Gerald Weales notes that Proctor was not able to gain the strength to accept death over lying about his name until Elizabeth, “absolves him of the sin of adultery.” Once she had done this, he realizes that his name, his own perception of self, is more important than anyone else’s view of
But you 're not, you 're not, and let you remember it! Let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge me not. (Act 1 page 55).” I chose this quote as my first quote to represent John Proctor because like he said in this quote, he just wants to be seen as a good man. He does not want to be judged because of his actions.
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!”(Act II.157-164). He says this when Elizabeth doubts him and his feelings towards Abigail. All he wants is Elizabeth to trust him again. Throughout the play, Proctor does everything in his power to try and get Elizabeth to forgive him. He also tries to stop the madness that Abigail has created throughout Salem.
The Crucible - Conflict Analysis John Proctor Internal: John Proctor’s most eminent internal conflict is over the sin he has committed, adultery. Proctor cheated on his wife with Abigail Williams, and this makes Proctor feel incredibly guilty because in the town, he is “respected and even feared” (19). He tried very hard, and succeeded, with keeping this moral crime to himself. He still walked about Salem as if he was “an untroubled soul,” (21) however, avoiding the sin again would be a difficult task. Abigail flirts with him, in attempt to have him for one last night, and it’s obvious Proctor has an arduous time pushing her away.