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.
The years 1949 and 1953 mark the beginnings of the two most glorious tragedies playwright Arthur Miller has ever composed. The Crucible tells the story of John Proctor, a man who was wrongly accused of witchcraft, and his struggles to prove his innocence without tarnishing his family’s name. Death of a Salesman tells of Willy Loman, an unsuccessful salesman caught up in high hopes for his sons, who both soon become failures as well. In reading these plays, one may find that both The Crucible and Death of a Salesman were intended to criticize the frailties of society and human nature. While the settings and theatrical elements of the two plays may differ, one thing that I found particularly interesting was the amount of similarities between John Proctor and Willy Loman.
He confesses his sin of adultery, all with the intention to save the lives of those he knew to be innocent at the expense of his innocence before the court of Salem. At the end of the play however, John himself is accused of witchcraft, and is faced with another moral decision. He must either must lie, and confess to a sin that he did not commit (that of witchcraft) and have this lie posted on the church door, or die for the sin of witchcraft that he did not commit. John wrestles with his conscience over this choice, and in the end, chooses to die telling the truth - that he is an honest man who did not commit witchcraft and told the truth no matter the consequences. He says, “Because it is my name!
He has not yet lost all hope in the court, but has altered his mind on the subject differently. When Reverend Hale absolutely lost hope is when Mr. Proctor was convicted through Abigail’s false acquisitions when Danworth called goody Proctor to the court room and asked her if her husband was guilty of adultery, and she stated no. Hale rapidly replies “Excellency, it is a natural lie to tell; I beg you, stop now; before another is
He is most famously referred to as the “faithful martyr, where Satan dwells” in the book of Revelation (Revelation 2:13). It is very likely that if Antipas did not meet the apostle Luke who inspired and prepared the businessman for a life changing experience, Antipas would have remained the materialistic
I figgered, ‘Why do we got to hang it on God or Jesus? Maybe,’ I figgered, ‘maybe it’s all men an’ all women we love; may be that’s the Holy Sperit-the human sperit- the whole shebang. Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of.”(Steinbeck 32-33) Jesus also had a commitment to save mankind from their sins; that is why he died on the cross. Jesus came as a leader for humanity and as a sacrificial figure. His death offered people another chance and a brand new beginning.
Art is good because This pathos and ethos made people, no matter the North or the South, to feel that they are in unity. Both sides were suffering the same war and urged to end it, while they shared a same religion. God plays an important role to connect the people together, which enhances Lincoln’s credibility in his speech besides his position as a president and occasion of this speech. Lincoln ended his speech by claiming that they would “strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations” (Wilhoit 138). This pathos describes how Lincoln would care for his people and how he would put the task of helping the people suffering from the war first, serving as a strong pathos since it is not only emotionally affecting his people, but also encouraging and giving them hope.
He is the minister of New England and he’s supposed to be living a life that is holy before God and His people. Arthur Dimmesdale had made a huge mistake when he had sexual relations with Hester. It affected not only him but: Hester, Pearl, the townspeople, God, and Roger Chillingworth. Dimmesdale first acts like he didn’t do anything at the first scaffold scene by stating, “I have thought of death, have wished for it, would have even prayed for it, and were fit that such as I should pray for anything.” (Hawthorne 67.) How it affected him had a huge impact.
When the witch trials begin, Reverend Hale questions John and asks him to recite the Ten Commandments and misses one Commandment (ironically, the Commandment regarding adultery), and thus begins Proctor’s quest to prove himself not to be of the devil. Later on in the play, Proctor makes a false confession to save his life, however, he tears it up stating “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another name in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies!” (Miller 143). The previous quote is important to Proctor’s crucible because it proves that he has failed his quest and has given in rather than continuing to try and prove he is not an associate of the
A whole army rises up against Macbeth, yet he feels no fear because he believes in the witches’ prophecies. When he hears that his wife had committed suicide he declares that there is noting left for him to live for. He then later gets a message that the leaves of Birnam woods are coming to Dunsinane, supporting the witches’ last prophecy. Macbeth remains fearless because no man born of woman can harm him. This prophecy backfires on him because when he encounters Macduff in a battle, he finds out that Macduff wasn’t born through natural birth but by a C-section.