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
Proctor’s crime of adultery is a form of baggage that he must carry for the rest of his life. Therefore Proctor does everything to keep his secret safe however his partner in adultery, Abigail Williams, thinks otherwise. In the first interaction where the reader is introduced to their vulgar crime Proctor is speaking to Abigail outside Reverend Parris's’ home. During this interaction Proctor states “ Abby,I may think
Proctor’s passionate response characterizes him as someone who cares deeply about his reputation. He cannot bear to give his confession to Danforth because he is so afraid of what will happen to his reputation if his name is hung on the church to be publically shamed. Furthermore, Proctor clearly cares for his reputation by saying that he cannot give up his name since, to him,
In January 1953, the American playwright Arthur Miller debuted his new play “The Crucible” on Broadway in New York City. It tells the story of the speculative, baseless hysteria and witch trials that took place during the seventeenth century in the village of Salem, Massachusetts and the horrific calamity that ensued. It examines the haunting reality of a society based on rigid, religious customs, superstitious norms and how these can be used as a weapon and prey on people’s irrational fears.
The Crucible In The Crucible, Arthur Miller shows though his text, how a central character can find his or herself in a situation where they are either in physical or psychological danger. In The Crucible John Proctor finds himself in both physical and psychological danger. While Proctor attempts to reveal the truth about Abigail’s lies by calling her lies out and physically forcing Abigail to tell the truth about their affair he also is putting himself in much danger. While attempting to reveal the truth Proctor puts his name on the line, he puts his relationship with his wife on the line, and he puts his physical well being on the line. Proctor’s attempts show how a central character can find his or herself in situation where they can experience great danger.
The Crucible written by Arthur Miller takes place in the 1700s during the Salem Witch Trials. All of the citizens in the town are extremely concerned with maintaining a clean and respectable reputation. After all, as they are Puritans, they are all concerned with dedicating their lives on Earth to God, so when they die, hopefully they will be welcomed into God’s kingdom. The Witch Trials provided people with a chance to falsely accuse their neighbors of witchcraft because they wanted revenge on them for the way they had treated them. John Proctor, Reverend Samuel Parris, and Judge Danforth are all characters obsessed with maintaining a good reputation in the eyes of Puritan society.
Due to paranoia, the once quiet town of Salem, Massachusetts has erupted with accusations, rumors, revenge, and in the end, death. The one thing that makes or breaks these characters is reputation. The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, goes back to the year 1692 when witchcraft took over Salem. Neighbors are now seen as enemies and no one can be trusted. Over 15 people died in this true, American event because of false, witchcraft accusations.
In The Crucible John Proctor goes to his death falsely being a witch, but he redeems and gains his esteem by confessing he committed adultery. Proctor chooses death over having a bad reputation and perceives his social standing. “How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!”
John Proctor suffers from a sense of excessive pride throughout the entirety of the play. In Act II of The Crucible the reader sees Proctors pride when he is arguing with Elizabeth, his wife, about sin he committed with Abbigail. One line that supports this is “I have not moved from there to there without I think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral marches round your heart. 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!” (Miller 58) Proctor acts as if he has done no wrong and will not have a soft heart towards his wife who is doubtful after he committed
A crucible can either be defined as a vessel of heat resisting material used for high temperature chemical reactions, or a test or trial of the most severe and decisive kind. In the Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller, takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, during the Salem Witch Trials. Witchery is thought of as evil by the puritans living there. Witchery was believed to be linked with the devil, and bad luck. In the film version of the crucible, when someone was accused of witchery, by a group of girls who claimed to be able to see the devil with them, they were brought to court.
(Miller 77). Proctor shows that just because Abigail is the accuser, doesn’t mean she is innocent and that she is lying so she can gain revenge. Once again, the court ignores all of the reasonable answers that Proctor provides and agrees with Abigail’s theory of witchcraft. After further disagreement with the court, Proctor finally decides to confess his affair with Abigail to prove that she isn’t as innocent as she seems. This action sacrifices Proctor’s good name; which is sacred in the Puritan society.
Guilt is emotional torture that transforms one's psychological operation. In the play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, before the Salem witch trials emerge, John Proctor cheats on his wife Elizabeth Proctor, with young Abigail. Causing him to live with an eternal shame that generates dispute. Proctor’s endeavour is to elude from his wrongdoing, but he cannot because of the disgrace he feels himself to be when around Elizabeth. Miller shows that John Proctor's emotional and behavioral conflict rises from his guilt.
A man will not will not cast away his good name. You surely know that.” Proctor castes his good name to stand up for the truth and expose Abigail as the liar that she really is. He tries to convict her of fraud so she could stop with this absurdity of accusing others of witch craft. Proctor is slowly presenting himself standing up for the truth by telling them what really is happening even if people don’t believe him.
Proctor expresses how guilty he feels from his sin and how he wants to transform into a better person and husband. Proctor in act three explains the affair to Danforth. He does this to save his wife and other convicted people. Proctor knows he can get hung from this sin, but does it anyway because he knows it was wrong and wants to help save the people, "... I beg you-see her what she is.