Proctor knew that by confessing, it would only make the court look better but by not confessing, the court would hang him. Proctor begs to Judge Danforth, “How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!”(132). Proctor knows that if he signs the confession, there will be a paper about it in the church door. Proctor values his life but, he does not want to be remembered as a liar who is willing to do whatever it takes for his own life.
Not to mention when Danforth is asking if letting Proctor’s wife live longer, then will he drop the case. Proctor declines this agreement and seeks to free those he deems are falsely accused. As can be seen Proctor is a selfless man who will sacrifice what he loves for the betterment of others. Months of torture didn’t break Proctor’s will, and this is shown in great detail as John tears up his confession. As soon as Proctor is given the chance to live and abandon his friends, he is unsure.
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.
Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” (The Crucible P.211). It is apparent that John Proctor would give away anything to protect his name and his pride.
Guilt can pressure a good person to do the right thing. For example John Proctor wanted to confess to the charge of witchcraft, in order to save his life a long with his wife’s. Even though he wanted to live he refused to confess and ruin the names of the accused. He did this because he knew he wouldn’t be able to live with the guilt of condemning someone’s life. Another example would be Reverend Hale’s guilt of condeming Innocent lives to death.
I mentioned my wife's name once and I’ll burn in hell long enough for that. I stand mute,” (Miller 90). Giles is deliberately defying the court and therefore is arrested for his actions. This is an intense scene in the storyline because his defiance protects the life of an innocent man. Giles represents goodness through his silence, which the reader hopes can lead to a
John Proctor, a character from The Crucible is a Rebel/Misfit Archetype. A Rebel/Misfit is defined as a character that radically rejects the values of a society and the restrictions placed on him or her. I chose to do my research project on John because Proctor is my favorite character from The Crucible and throughout the whole book he was feeling guilty for his actions but wanted to do the right thing. Proctor can also fit into the Hero Archetype for sacrificing his life to save his wife. Back in the 1690s, not going to church every Sunday was a sin and could be punishable by death.
He cared greatly about his family and wife even though Elizabeth was often distant towards him. In the end of the play, Proctor chooses to die rather than sign his confession, ratting out his friends and ruining his good name in the town. He did this to protect the reputation of his children so they won’t have to grow up with a lying father. Lying went against Protctors’ views and that ideal is prevalent throughout the entire play. It is revealed that as soon as he had an affair with Abigail, he confessed to Elizabeth the next day because of the guilt he was carrying around.
In the "Devil and Tom Walker", written by Washington Irving, and " The Devil and Daniel Webster", written by Steven Vincent Benet, the endings or resolutions of the stories are comparable. In " The Devil and Tom Walker", Tom sold his soul to the devil. He then was kind of nervous about it, bu to spite his wife he did it anyway. When he didn't complete what the devil asked of him, his wife went into the forest and sold her soul. Tom regrets what he has done and tries to become a more religious man, he thinks that doing this will turn his life around for the better and wipe away his terrible past decision.
Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on my feet of them that have given you my soul; leave me my name!" This quotation is a perfect representation of how he is longing to keep the goodness of his name. He would rather take death then for these liars to take his name.
John Proctor died to protect his honor and the honors of the others that died but his death did just the opposite because he forfeited his treasured honor by becoming one of the hanged. Reverend Hale tried to warn him of this even till the point when he was hung. Hale screamed out, “Shall the dust praise him [Proctor]? Shall the worms declare his [Proctor’s] truth?”(Miller 134). Proctor’s death was meant to preserve his name, but he ultimately lost his life.
I think it is wrong to live with a lie, than die with the truth. The Salem witch trials of 1692 were filled with lies and truths. Because no one wanted to die they lied so they could live and not have a good name, than the ones telling the truth and dying for that truth. I agree with Increase Mather when he said “It would better that ten suspected witches may escape than one innocent person be condemned.” John Proctor said “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life!” and to rip up his confession paper, because he put a lot of respect to his name and did not want the confession hung on the door of the church.
Abigail was trying to get John wife hung at the gallows for witchery and it was a false accusation. All John had to do was write down and sign on a document that he was rightly charged for witchery and the paper was to be hung on the church door. He would not give the document to the court after he had signed it because the court had take his life and soul, so all he wanted was to keep his name. In my opinion this was a tragedy in itself but heroic at the same time because John sacrificed himself to save his wife and his name from being branded as witchery.
After his affair he wanted to be a more truthful man than he was. Towards the end of the play Proctor is confessing to witchcraft but refuses to involve anyone else. He discovered that the church was going to post his confession on the church door so he ripped the document in pieces. Proctor says, “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another lie in my life!