The Trial Of John Proctor

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John Proctor ends up being one of the many people of Salem falsely charged with witchcraft. The trial left him with only two choices: to confess to a lie and spare his life, or die holding his truth. Although this was a difficult decision, Proctor made the right choice when he ultimately decided he’d rather die than confess to something he didn’t do. Despite what Reverend Parris tells him, Proctor’s refusal to confess isn’t vanity but rather an act of pride, maintaining the goodness he still has left in him. Proctor’s final decision was not easily made, as he faced pressure from the court and himself on what was best to do. He was essentially forced to sign the documents of his confession by the court, especially when they noticed his hesitation. However, Proctor’s initial choice to …show more content…

He pleads, saying “I have given you my soul; leave my name!” (Act Four) This expresses Proctor’s realization that there is no winning in this scenario, through confession or death. No matter his choice he’s still doomed. He signed away his soul or his right to the truth and now the court is stripping him of his only remaining dignity within his name. Proctor takes pride in his status and reputation throughout the play. He argues “I am no Sarah Good or Tituba, I am John Proctor! You will not use me! It is no part of salvation that you should use me!”(Act Four) This emphasizes the importance of his name to Proctor as he values his reputation and status. He feels that he deserves more respect and civility in the court, comparing himself to the slaves and servants of the town. Due to the status that he’s preserved for so long, Proctor feels his status is being ignored and tarnished for crimes he didn’t commit. This shows the start of his realization that his name is already ruined seeing the way he’s being treated and that posting his crimes on the Church doors would kill the status that he valued

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