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.
When Abigail was talking to Proctor she says “She is telling lies to about me! She is a cold sniveling woman, and you bend to her!”(Page 15, act one) she is basically showing her jealousy towards his wife. This stirred up the witch trials because Abigail wanted to be with Proctor and she would do just about anything. The fact that John proctor realizes all of his flaws and confesses to all of his sins is another reason why he can be considered a tragic hero. When Proctor had to go to the court to get his wife out of being accused of upholding witchcraft he eventually confess to his sins he committed.
He died February 10, 2005. In this story a man was put to test to see what he valued more life or his beliefs. Integrity is a crucial theme in The Crucible and it is a big struggle for many of the characters in the story. The fact is that if they did show integrity and claimed the had not made a pact with the devil they were seen as liars and would hang for being witches, but when they would “confess” to trafficking with the devil they would be jailed. Though lying is a sin, many villagers chose to set aside their beliefs and “confess” to these allegations of witchery.
The Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism were definitely both great examples of how histeria and paranoia can affect a population. People were terrified for their lives and the lives of other people that were important to them. As soon as something happened that startled the churches or McCarthy and his workers they stepped in. They started questioning innocent
His sense of pride prevented him from admitting to the adultery. Thus, the town did not understand Abigail’s motivation as did Proctor. He could have also prevented his demise if he had chosen to sign the paper. However, he feels that his name is “not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang” and chooses death over humility. This play exhibits tragedy because, though Proctor had many opportunities to change his fate, he chooses his demise because his tragic flaw prohibits him from doing otherwise.
When the judges attempt to accuse Proctor because he had plowed on Sunday, Hale curiously says, “Your Honor, I cannot think you may judge the man on such evidence.” He realizes the court’s methods are peculiar and not very justifiable. The end of Act Three is a major turning point in the play as well as in Hale’s character. The girls are feigning an attack by Mary Warren and Hale comes to realize the girls have been playing everyone the entire time. He becomes so frustrated with the court that he decides to quit. It was an audacious move for Hale to leave Salem, but even more so for him to return.
The play ends in bad terms with no direct resolution other than killing off all who confessed. A court should know the problem's true definition, have clear reasoning, possess few mistakes, and ultimately achieve a fair and proper outcome in order to go beyond a simple understanding of the Salem witchcraft trials. The general outline of events in The Crucible corresponds to what happened in Salem of 1692, but Miller’s characters are often composites. John Proctor didn’t want his name tainted for adultery but ultimately used it to free his wife. He finally finds his moral center at the end of the play and is willing to die for his belief.
This although advances to him making a very courageous mover later. He choose to not give into a faulty confession that leads to his death. When Proctor say “ I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” in Act IV is shows that by Proctor not giving up or surrendering his name and reputation is saved. His earlier failures and faults are avenged when he dies with integrity. His name means so much to him he is willing to die to keep it untouched and be remembered as a good guy and not as someone who saw the devil and is a
No matter what way John chooses there is going to be guilt, regret, and consequences. After John decides that losing his family name is not an option, and will be hanged instead, many of his close friends try to stop him, but surprisingly Elizabeth does not. Right before his hanging she says, “‘He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him’” (145)! Here Elizabeth is well aware how much it is hurting and how hard it will be without him, but the one thing she will not do is take away his dignity.
Hamlet even seems to have forgotten the main reason why he is avenging his father’s death. Hamlet makes many decisions from not killing Claudius while he was praying to killing the innocent Polonius, and disobeying his father’s ghost’s instructions by tormenting his mother, and Laertes can be seen as the very opposite of Hamlet because he is everything that Hamlet is not. Hamlet’s delay of vengeance can also be seen as another