Ponyboy just had to see Johnny kill Bob and that was enough to make him lose his innocence. People like Randy and Steve just resent and hate the world so much that that would cause them to lose their innocence as well. Someone could lose their innocence just by thinking bad thoughts. S.E. Hinton definitely does not agree with William Blake’s poem: The Lily because in The Lily, William Blake is saying that innocence cannot be abolished or destroyed.
Who is guilty, then? Hamlet’s mental illness is.” He is making it seem as if he does not understand what really going on and he want them to think that he is really going crazy. Another factor into him going crazy is when he tells Ophelia that she should believe that he really loved her and the way he behaved towards her. The only reason for that dispute was because he was so angry with his mother and how she did her father with marrying her dead husband’s brother. He felt as if his mother had betrayed him and his dead father.
Gabriel had a very sinful past, and he never forgave himself for the things he did wrong that he regrets. When Gabriel’s sister says, “I know you thinking at the bottom of your heart that if you just make her, her and her bastard boy, pay enough for her sin, your son won’t have to pay for yours. But I ain’t going to let you do that. You done made enough folks pay for sin, it’s time you started paying,” she makes it known to the reader that Gabriel has sins that he has not “paid for”. Because of this, he embodies an angry character, which he then takes out on the people around him, including his loved ones.
This denouncement of Mr. Putnam brought down an accusation upon his wife. He then stands strong against the court and brings forth a deposition, written by him, to help him free his wife. Contained within this deposition was the testimony of an unnamed individual within the community pointing out Thomas Putnam’s malicious motives to accuse his neighbors of witchcraft and buy their land after they had had there land auctioned off by the local government. Danforth then turns to Giles and asks who this person was. With the knowledge that this innocent man would then be accused of witchcraft as well, the courageous Giles refuses to reveal this innocent man’s name.
After Oedipus accused Teiresias of being a liar, but then he accused Creon, his brother- in- law, of bribing Teiresias into lying to him and making him think that he was the murder. He believed Creon was after his position as king. Human beings are also quick to say something without thinking about it and end up saying something wrong or offensive to others. But Oedipus remain stubborn and didn’t believe Creon either when he trie to tell Oedipus that he doesn’t want to be king, just like humans would if they really wanted to believe that they were right. Our conscience is developed in a complicated way that can only know and hold certain knowledge.
When his daughter is sick he try’s everything to avoid the thought of any witchcraft. Not only is he worried that his daughter will be at risk but he believes his reputation would be ruined. Also, if any witchcraft was said to have been done under his roof he would be hanged no questions asked. With all the provided information we can blatantly see that Reverend Parris is fighting for a good reputation and less for his daughter’s life. Elizabeth Proctor is the husband of John Proctor a land owner in Salem.
John signs the confession but refuses to tarnish his reputation; “Because it is my name... Because I lie and sign myself to lies!” (143). John doesn’t want the town to think poorly of him. He doesn’t want his tarnished name hung up for the whole town to see. He then tears up the document. John will not confess and he is hanged for his refusal to publicly admit to conspiring to witchcraft.
John Proctor: He is a farmer in his mid thirties. He had an affair with Abigail. John blames himself for everything wrong in his relationship. He is honest, yet frank. John is accused of witchcraft, but when he confesses he takes it all back when he is forced to sign a paper.
When he says “meant”, it puts stress on the word and it’s meaning- he knows he is failing to do so. Their conversations are restricted only to the local happenings and their children. Elizabeth wants John to go Abigail and “tell her she’s a whore. Whatever promise she may sense – break it.” He grows angry at her suggestion because he feels she calls him “base” and having no moral standards. However, I think that Elizabeth is merely trying to find common
John denies Abigail saying that it will never happen because he loves his wife. Their relationship isn’t the strongest but love is there. This so called love drives Abigail to accuse Johns wife of witchcraft so that she is to be hanged for committing sins against the bible. She thinks that killing Johns wife would make him love her even though John has told her otherwise so many times already. Her actions actually hurt John greatly throughout the story.