At the end of the quote John makes one more thing certain when he said, “She only thought to save my name”. Elizabeth stayed silent by lying because she did not speak the truth to keep her husband’s name how it was and not ruin it. Likewise, near the end of the play, when the judge Danforth went to John's cell and asked him to make and sign a confession
Lying only leads to the truth being told and having worse consequences for the people committing the lies. The Crucible has innocent people that were being accused of witchery. John Proctor was trying to get Mary to confess on her wrong doing and turn away from the girls. Proctor claims that Mary “never saw no spirits”. (Miller 183).
As Marcus states, “Nor has Hawthorne confined his symbols… Since Hawthorne’s symbols frequently appear in contrast, it is interesting to note that.” (452) Marcus tells the truth here, that though the scarlet letter is used many times to symbolize Hester and her adultery, the symbolism isn’t confined to just the scarlet letter. Another huge symbol in the novel would have to be the dark leaves in the cemetery, which would symbolize the dead who still had clung on to their sins, probably with guilt just like Dimmesdale himself did. As Marcus states in his article about the novel, “While Hester’s scarlet letter serves as a recurring symbol… “Why does the minister keep his hand over his heart?”” (452-453) In the beginning of the story, the reader can make a connection with the scarlet letter located on Hester’s bosom, and the minister’s hand over his heart. Looking at this section again a second time, back in the novel where Hester is being trialed on the scaffold, it is quite an obvious hint that the minister is the lovely father of precious Pearl. However, not only is symbolism a major strong point in the novel, but so is character
This lyric means that a person had made a promise to the narrator and then broke it, when Morissette verbally expresses “as solid as a fog” it signifies that the promise was so impotent that it was almost like it never subsisted. This lyric refers to how Gene is always telling lies to Finny. In chapter 5 Finny states “You aren’t going to start living by the rules are you?” (Knowles, 71). It is evident that when Finny asks Gene if he is going to start living by the rules that Gene is lying when he verbalizes “Oh no, I wouldn’t do that.” (Knowles, 71). It is because Genes promise to not start living by the rules, that Finny fits to the lyric “Their promises as solid as a fog.” (Line
Cassandra is one of the few characters in the play who can see with clarity. She has been given the gift of telling prophecies, but has also been cursed so that no one believes her. While standing outside the house, Cassandra begins to tell the prophecy of Agamemnon’s death to the chorus of men. These men do not believe her, and just think that she has gone mad. While the chorus of men are unable to believe Cassandra due to the curse, the men are also ‘blind’ and do not suspect Clytaemestra of wanting to kill her husband.
Her only option left was to let Gatsby take the blame and walk away with no consequences. If Daisy had truly loved Gatsby, it is possible that she could have bought her way out of the situation, but she didn’t love Gatsby, and this is what led to him taking the blame. Despite Daisy’s clear nonchalance towards Gatsby’s feelings Gatsby still felt as if Daisy loved him, why else would he take the blame for something so massive, he wouldn’t have done that for someone who was only a friend. Daisy continues to deceive Gatsby because she knows that he will do whatever she wants. This connects to the entire book because Daisy is a deceitful woman, and the book as a whole portrays woman as unfaithful, an example of this
Secrecy, in its pure nature, disorients society from what one wishes to expose; it becomes a prerequisite to many for it is portrayed as the only course of action to mask one’s true self, imperfections, and mistakes, without consequences. Society attempts to disguise or delude sins due to shame or fear of dilapidating a reputation and, often, hiding behind white-lies reveals a person’s forthright values and conscientious intentions. Consequently, Nathaniel Hawthorne intensifies the need for secrecy through the character of Arthur Dimmesdale - whom questionably attempts to avoid facing his own sin - by beautifully practicing motif throughout the novel The Scarlet Letter. Dimmesdale’s mistakes are clearly affirmed to the reader when he commits adultery and keeps his secret to himself. The character does so to preserve his reputation of town-minister with the reasoning that the townspeople would essentially depart from God if he were to “expose himself.” The Irony comes into play when Dimmesdale becomes rather idiosyncratic to the reader since the character is, essentially, a fraud.
His treatment of Myrtle suggests no deep emotional investment either, as is showcased when he casually breaks her nose with “…a short deft movement” (Fitzgerald 41). He calls for her when it suits him, lies to her, and exerts physical dominance when she becomes inconveniently demanding. He has no desire to be close to his mistress; she is merely the means by which he avoids being close to his wife. Similarly, Daisy’s fear of intimacy, though as intense, is not quite as immediately apparent. Indeed, her marital fidelity, until her affair with Gatsby, and her distress over Tom’s involvement with Myrtle might suggest to some readers that Daisy desires emotional intimacy with her husband.
Then the judges told Elizabeth to come out and admit that her husband John Proctor had indeed committed adultery with Abigail. Because Elizabeth had no talk with John because they had been separated she lied. Elizabeth proclaimed that John was a holy man and had never committed adultery but little did she know that John was hoping that she would tell the truth. She didn't want to tell the truth about John and shame his name due to him having did what he had did. In Conclusion to the Crucible throughout the story the characters that have been named have all attempted to survive in the story some of it may have been by deceit but they all wanted to keep their name clean.
As she is being questioned, she is denying the accusations and gives her honest testimony saying that Abigail is the one who begged her to conjure the dead. Tituba is also trying to convince the people in the scene that she is telling the truth and that Abigail is lying. However, nobody believes her. She looks at Abigail in shock and confusion because she does not understand why Abigail is accusing her of things she did not commit. The character is also kneeling down and begging mister Hale not to hang her.