John Proctor the Wrongly Accused In The Crucible there are many people condemned and hanged for witchcraft, one of these, John Proctor, I believe to be innocent. A man with as much integrity and honesty as John Proctor, could never perform the act of witchcraft. Undoubtedly he wasn’t a perfect man but no one ever is. As we are proved time and time again, John is an honest, hardworking man; who is haunted by his past misdeeds. Throughout the events in the crucible we see his struggle to gain his wife’s forgiveness, and his own.
Even worse the officials claimed that his father had committed suicide, which prevented his family from inheriting the life insurance money. Furthermore, in the midst of all this happening to young Malcolm his mother began to go crazy and as a consequence, she got sent to a mental hospital. Americans often portray heroes to be flawless, but truth be told Malcolm X’s actions and life will reveal the contrary. He was a thief, drug dealer, racist, gambler, pimp, and took part of racketing. Some
Arthur Dimmesdale, the embodiment of “human frailty and sorrow” is one of the most interesting characters in The Scarlet Letter. Dimmesdale, a pastor revered by all around him, strong, but a cowardly individual. For example, Dimmesdale lived with the guilt of committing adultery with Hester Prinne for about seven years. Dimmesdale inward struggle mimicked his outward appearance of emaciation. Even though, Hester bore the cruel burden, punishment, and ostracized of their sin, he continued to keep their sin secret no matter how much it pained him.
Hurst suggests that expectations are also a form of egotism that can lead to resentment; hence coming into conflict with one’s identity, such as alteration and remorse. Doodle’s desire was to be loved and supported by his family. He was invalid - he could not walk; thus everyone had low expectations towards him and thought he would die except for Aunt Nicey. His brother (the narrator) tried to kill him as he saw him an unbearable disappointment and his father had built him a mahogany coffin. For instance, “It was I who renamed him [...] Crawling backwards made him look like a Doodlebug, […] because nobody expects much from someone called Doodle.” Society’s attentiveness is predominantly towards the aspects of and in this story Doodle’s impairment seemed to have negative impacts on him that the society has caused.
We have learned that Oliver Cowdery and Emma Smith were very unhappy with Joseph Smith for his involvement with 16 year old Fannie Alger. Cowdery termed it “a dirty nasty filthy business” and eventually left the church over this among other things. We know Joseph Smith violated the word of wisdom until the day he died. He was not wearing temple garments at the time of his death. He killed two people and seriously wounded another at Carthage jail where he was killed himself.
He is an antagonist of the story. He is deeply plagued by his consciousness about his immoral affair with Hester. He feels guilty because he is keeping the truth from his congregation and letting Hester suffer alone. He is a round character who is able to change in the end. He decides to redeem himself by confessing to the crowd in his last sermon.
His fear of losing his reputation led him to destroying his confession documents, which condemned him to his death. Finally, Proctor did not deserve to die. He felt guilt and remorse, a sure sign that he was an honest man, and honest men do not deserve to die. In conclusion, Arthur Miller’s John Proctor is a hero. Proctor trying to explain to that the witch hunts are led by a lovesick girl to an unforgiving crowd exuberates his characteristics as a hero.
He knows what is right and wrong but one example has been haunting him in his life. Now in a Puritan society, sin had to have been confessed publicly and they must bear their shame. This however goes against what the Word actually says and this is what created Arthur Dimmesdale as a character. He most likely has already repented to God but his guilt will not leave until he confesses it to his congregation and it leads him to other “ways” of repentance. Being reminded of his guilt 24/7 causes his his health to deteriorate to the point of death, possibly alluding to the fact that the wages of sin are death.
According to Hawthorne, the consequence of sin is mental deterioration as represented by Reverend Dimmesdale. Dimmesdale is a priest that has committed a vile crime, although only a scanty amount of people know about it. Dimmesdale has not publically announced his sin, which in turn worsens his mental health due to guilt. Dimmesdale stood in front of the town when his past lover, Hester, was being publically humiliated and never uttered a word, only placed “his hand upon his heart” (59). The consequence of not admitting his immoral sin was ultimate guilt.
He wanted to defeat the British in every way but he had lost the support and respect of his clansman because of his actions. Without the help and support of his village he knew he wasn’t going to be able to defeat the British alone and he was defeated in the end. So much had changed so quickly in his life and everything had just got the best of him. He committed suicide and that was very disgraceful just like the same type of death his father suffered. Okonkwo is the protagonist and tragic hero of this story.