John Proctor's Mistakes In The Crucible

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People think if they have good morals, that they can live a perfect life. But even good moral upstanding men can make mistakes. John Proctor is an example of this in, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. John Proctor is the character who respects values and morals. He makes the mistake of having an affair with Abigail. Proctor enters a difficult situation when she accuses him of being a witch. This is what ultimately leads to Proctor’s downfall. All it takes is one statement to destroy what he cares about most, his self-respect. Proctor goes into court with two big weapons. He has Abigail’s confession to him that there was no witchcraft and Mary Warren’s testimony that the girls were faking and the whole thing was just a scam. However, he keeps his good name and gets charged with witchcraft. Although Proctor wants to live and is willing to sign a confession, he realizes that remaining true to his values, beliefs, and friends is more important…show more content…
He understands that if he lies to save his own life, he won’t be worth living because he ruined his name. He also refuses to sign the confession before his death to save his children from being humiliated of his actions. Proctor says, “A man will not cast away his good name” (388). John Proctor values his name, and this leads to his death at the end of the story. Likewise, Proctor believes in pride. John Proctor believes in pride. In the final act of the play, Proctor refuses to sign the confession and says a few things that demonstrate his sense of pride. He says, “"I have confessed myself! Is there no good penitence but it be public? God does not need my name nailed upon the church! God sees my name; God knows how black my sins are! It is enough” (725). Only a person with a lot of pride would speak like this. It is Proctor's announcement that he is low and has down wrong that proves he is a person who believes in honor and pride. Proctor also remains true to his
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