If people had used evidence instead of just accusations then they would have realized that Mr.Jacobs isn’t a witch, just a person accused for Thomas Putnam's own personal gain. Thomas Putnam's anger toward the town for not getting enough respect is what caused him to accuse an innocent man of witchcraft, demonstrating how emotions can lead to immoral
John sees Abigail’s intentions and portrays this when he says “she thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave,” in a confession to Judge Danforth about his relationship with Abigail (Miller, 110). Not only did Abigail want John Proctor all to herself, but also she was concerned about people finding out what she actually was doing in the woods with Tituba and the other girls. It is revealed early on in the play that Abigail cares about her reputation, for example, when she was concerned that Elizabeth was “blackening [her] name in the village” (Miller, 23). If people found out Abigail were trying to put a hex on Elizabeth Proctor in the woods, then sooner or later the truth about John and
In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller the author emphasizes the theme of how ones actions can be motivated by fear, but also by underlying worries about the loss of their good reputation effecting their lives negatively. One way Arthur Miller portrays the theme of respecting ones reputation is through the character Reverend Parris. Parris is the minister of Salem Massachusetts; therefore, his reputation is very important amongst the people. One night Parris sees the teenage girls of Salem dancing in the woods or "the devils playground" preforming what he believes to be witchcraft, led by a slave from Barbados Tituba. His daughter Betty and niece Abigail are there and he is frightened that what they have done will tarnish his reputation.
The Crucible is written by Arthur Miller, which is about a group of girls who live in Salem, Massachusetts who accuses most of the town of witchcraft, also known as The Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The character analysis will focus on John Proctor and Reverend John Hale. John Proctor is a farmer who is dedicated to his work. John Proctor is important to the story because he is a tragic hero; he has a fatal flaw. In attempt to stop Abigail accusation he tries to use Mary Warren deposition to eliminate Abigail testimony.
John Proctor’s wife is eventually accused by Abigail, because Abigail was jealous of her relationship with John. In John 's effort to save his wife, he is accused and by the end of the play he is hanged because he won’t falsely admit to being a witch. Some readers feel that John Proctor is flawed because of all the bad things he has done, he is actually honorable because he is honest.
”(Miller 100). At that point in time Mary Warren and John Proctor both tried to prove Abigail Williams and the other girls of faking it until, act 4 when she backstabbed John Proctor and made her own claim that John Proctor was satan. ”You’re the devil’s man.” (Miller 110). Mary knows what Abigail was always a threat and being on her side was an advantage, John Proctor was foolish for thinking Mary would keep her word and tell on the girls.
Tituba being effete from several beatings avoids addition punishment by lying and saying she wants to be saved by god then saying various names, Abigail follows Tituba’s lies and begin to yell out names that she wants to seek revenge on ; the lies are verisimilitude because of the way Abigail presents them saying persuading thing like “I want to open myself!. I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him; I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil!
but she also blames John Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth. Abigail goes to Proctor and begs for him back and also confesses to the accusations being false. Many people start going to court and confess to signing their souls over to the devil. Proctor, to save his wife’s life, tells the truth but the court does not believe him and he is hung. The Crucible does a great job in showing the prejudice and hypocrisy in real life events.
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.
Loving someone interferes from telling the truth when in a bad situation. At one point of the novel, Elizabeth protects the man she loves even if she knows he cheated on her with Abigail. During the trial she is questioned on behalf of her husband, Proctor, “Danforth, reaches out and holds her face, then: Look at me ! To your own knowledge, has John Proctor ever committed the crime of lechery?
As the play moves forward, Proctor tries to protect his wife and tell the truth that the girls are lying. Proctor knows that Elizabeth is innocent. Act III is the time where Proctor is put into a difficult position that he must face. He must confess in order to save his wife, and in order for him to do that he must confess he had an affair with Abigail. We see that Proctor is able to confess to the court, but the judges still believe in the girls hysteria.
In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, the town of Salem, Massachusetts is overrun with hysteria because of children who accused many of the townspeople of witchcraft. One of the accused was a man named John Proctor. While he was a respected farmer and member of the community, he had committed adultery with one of the accusers, Abigail Williams. ++++ +
John Proctor fears his name’s identity, which is evident near the end of the play when he resists Deputy Danforth and Reverend Hale’s posting his name on the church door, accusing him of witchcraft (IV.712-717). John Proctor is Elizabeth Proctor’s husband, who involved in an affair with Abigail Williams when she was still working as the Proctor’s maid. Elizabeth fires Abigail, once she realizes her maid and her husband’s covert relationship. Elizabeth’s dismissal causes Abigail to become very angry, for women had little power at the time, let alone unmarried women like herself. By playing her Mafia-like wailing and doll piercing games and forcing the other Salem girl to participate, Abigail determines to terminate Elizabeth and keep John for herself (460-473).
In the play The Crucible written by Arthur Miller, John Proctor was internally triumphant when he gained respect for himself, primarily due to his mission of personal redemption and his integrity. Overwrought by regret of his actions, John Proctor is driven on a mission to personally prove himself. He realizes the enormous mistake of committing lechery with Abigail, and wants to prove to himself he has a good will. Near the final pages of the play, Proctor was asked if he was accompanied when doing the devil’s work, he responded “I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it” (Miller 141).
3rd, Meyer, Cyrus Proctor’s Journey John Proctor, one of the main characters in Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, defines the perception of a sinned man. The play explains an outbreak in a village in which a Puritan society using a theocracy government convicts hundreds on the word of a few girls, falsely accusing townspeople of witchcraft, therefore bringing havoc to the town and John seeks to end the lies of the main antagonist, Abigail. Through the play, Proctor gets introduced to many different situations showing the reader changes of Proctor’s character such as being depicted as a corrupted, sinned man in the beginning of the play to a righteous character near the end. In the second act, John Proctor acts very aggressive towards others and commits cruel acts in the name of his Puritan village showing a lack of good moral values as well as respect for others.