Offered the opportunity to make a public confession of his guilt and live, Proctor almost succumbs, even signing a written confession. However his immense pride and fear of public opinion compelled him to withhold his adultery from the court. “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies!” Proctor utters these lines at the end of the play, in Act IV, when he is wrestling with his conscience over whether to confess to witchcraft and thereby save himself from the gallows.
Gov. Danforth is one of the most dangerous hypocrite’s because he has the power of the law on his side. As demonstrated in this quote he is very stubborn and unwilling to see different perspectives and patterns “I will not rest…this whole province is once again God’s.” Danforth pg 230. He is the voice of justice but no longer for he has been tricked by some very talented girls and the Puritan beliefs only make matters worse. Even at the end of the play Danforth still thinks he has it right even though many have come to doubt that the accused who are high on the social ladder are really guilty of witchcraft.
Although John Proctor struggles with his old and hidden desire for Abigail Williams, he finally decides that it is time to bury his feelings and use his relationship to primarily extract information from her. Early on in the play, the reader comes to understand that John Proctor has had an affair with Abigail Williams while she was working in his home. He does still lust for her even though they ended the affair, but though she persists, he does not submit. She catches him alone and tries to tempt him but he remains strong. When John has a talk with Abigail he states, "I will cut my arms off before I ever reach for you again" saying that he truly regrets what he has done and feels terrible from it.
John also detests vanity and greed. He completely stopped going to church because Parris would “…preach nothin’ but golden candlesticks until he had them.” he said “…it hurt my prayer, sir…” to “…see my money glaring at his elbows.” John Proctor’s motivation in the play was to save his wife from being accused as a witch in court. At the end of Act II, his wife is taken by Danforth because she was accused by Abigail of practicing voodoo, and attempted
John told Judge Danforth and the other residing judges about his act of adultery with Abigail. They brought in John’s wife, Elizabeth, and she denied that John had committed adultery. Therefore, no one to believed John (Miller 1309-11). John is not punished for committing adultery, but he is hung for supposedly committing witchcraft
Hamlet and Ophelia should not marry as it is essential for Hamlet to stay away from Ophelia to fake his insanity and also, Hamlet accuses Ophelia as being deceptive and he currently detests love and marriage. To carry out his plan to avenge his father’s death, Hamlet has to make everyone believe that he has gone insane and Ophelia might jeopardize that very plan, as she is too submissive to her father. This is known from the line, “I shall obey, my lord” (I.iii.136). In this quote, Ophelia shows abundance of her obedience to Laertes, her father. Laertes is Claudius’s right hand man and if he got hold of the information that Hamlet is faking insanity, he would unquestionably report it to the king and that will foil Hamlet’s quest for revenge in the future.
Compared to his wife’s narrow action, Oedipus seems strong enduring the tragedy and humiliation in his life. Job also attempts to resurrect his stature by boldly questioning God. Job questions God’s wisdom in front of his friends evoking a shocked response from them. Job’s friends question how Job could “[condemn] the righteous God” and attempt to “prove that [God] is unjust” (Job 34:17, 40:8). By questioning God, Job proclaims himself as a man important
He also refuses to own up to his actions and admit blame. Procter wants to overlook and hide the affair with Abigail. When Abigail reminds him of his sin, he denies it. "Abigail: Aye, but we did. Procter: Aye, but we did not."
In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor's fatal flaw was his overwhelming hubris that made him eventually succumb to his death. Pride plays an interesting role in the life of John Proctor in The Crucible. As spoken by John Proctor near the end of the play, "Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies!
No sane father would want to hit his children and wife, but when threatened with damnation and poisoned with anecdotes of God’s might, Eugene is moved to do anything he can to keep his family “safe”. He is horrified and hurt when his children disobey him, as though they were “sinning” for the sole purpose of angering him. Kambili recalls when her father punished her and her brother, Jaja, for a minor “sin” they committed: “‘Kambili you are precious.’ His voice quavered now [...] ‘You should strive for perfection. You should not see sin and walk right into it.’ [...] He poured the hot water onto my feet [...] He was crying now, tears streaming down his face. [...] I wanted to say ‘Yes, Papa’, because he was right, but the burning on my feet was climbing up, in swift courses of excruciating pain” (Adichie 194-5).