Proctor says “What work you do! It’s strange work for a christian girl to hang old women!”(Miller 1167) . This shows that he knows what they are doing is wrong .He also knows their pretending instead of telling the truth. In The Crucible John is seen as observant by the town people however he is also bold. Another characteristic of that John Proctor displays is boldness .Proctor says "She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave!
In The Crucible Thomas Putnam’s main motivations are greed and selfishness. He shows this throughout the book, by accusing people of witchcraft. Thomas Putnam’s brother in law was prevented from being elected the office of minister. “Thomas Putnam felt that his own name and honor of his family had been smirched by the village, and he meant to right matters however he could” (Miller1221). To right his name and honor from being smirched he accused many
There are many reasons that the people of Salem were convinced that there were witches among them. People have always believed in magic. Even today there are magicians and superstitious people. Some theories include mental illnesses, the church, and greed being at fault. The church is included simply because it was thought to not be holding the same control over the parishioners anymore.
When Hale is initially interviewing Betty Parris and Abigail he uncovers a certain turn of events to persuade him to believe witches are loose in Salem. When interviewing the children they lead Hale to believe Tituba was the witch leading the girls to dance in the forest. When questioning Tituba on the
John says to Elizabeth, “ I have been thinking I would confess to them, Elizabeth” (Miller 135). This quotes shows that although John does not want to be hung, but he has a hard time evening thinking about confessing. The more John thinks about it he signs his name and admits to witchcraft, but after realizing what he has done he rips the paper up and goes to the wagon to get hung. This all shows how the fear of death almost over powered him and he almost lost his reputation that he was very proud of and wanted to keep. In the The Crucible, John Proctor’s motivation shifts from fear to redemption, which causes him to be accused of witchcraft.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” - Franklin D Roosevelt. Fear plays a major role for the tragic ending of The Crucible by Arthur Miller, because fear is upon the citizens of Salem, Massachusetts, it leads to unanticipated accusations, power, and hatred. This feeling, has occurred in everyone’s life at some point, which is more overpowering than some might think. Once hysteria arose about the girls dancing in the woods, due to all the fear it leads to unanticipated accusations, being a slave, Tituba was accused by Abigail to avoid any punishment. As Tituba was accused of witchery, Hale takes her hand and tells her “confess yourself to witchcraft, and that God will protect you” (24).
Reverend Parris was in a position of power as the town 's spiritual leader, but he was insecure about his authority. He was willing to say and do whatever it takes to retain control. He was obsessed with maintaining his power because he wasn’t brave enough. We knew that Parris was consistently preaching hellfire before the incident of the girls practicing witchcraft in the forest. He demanded more money and acted as if he deserved more.
Reverend Parris is the father of Betty Parris and the Uncle to Abigail Williams. In the opening scene, he catches both girls, including some others dancing in the woods. This was very forbidden during this time because of the threat of witchcraft. The next day Betty starts acting very strange and they start to assume it’s witchcraft. Especially once they question Tituba and she admits to being a witch.
The very beginning where the “bad girls” were in the woods figuratively sets the stage. This scene is considered a spark for the remainder of the play. Parris was telling Abigail that he saw girls dancing (which is not allowed in Salem), naked running through the woods, and Tituba conjuring spells over the fire. This scene symbolizes their want and desire. For Abigail, her desire is referring to her sexual longing for Proctor.
However, throughout the play, he is able to prove the audience wrong. Firstly, when Proctor is arrested, he decides to confess to practicing witchcraft. He does this because he believes it could end the trials in Salem, which could save many innocent lives of others who have been accused. Proctor tells this to his wife, saying, “I have been thinking I will confess to them, Elizabeth.” (Miller, 135). This decision is then backed up by Reverend Parris, who says that Proctor’s name on the list of confessions could convince the town to stop accusing one another.
Goodman wants to go back and be with his good, Christian wife; however the devil tells him that she converted to worship deviltry and that she will not be the same person Goodman left her as. Ultimately, his motive was to convert and worship the devil because his wife left the Christian values behind and changed into someone new. The stages that lead Goodman to a gradual disillusionment are that he was convinced that his wife had converted which changed his perspective of her. Several of the sinners he meets on the way are villagers that Goodman was once very close to but due to being “possessed” by demonic influences he can no longer trust