Proctor knows that the only way to stop the witch hysteria and mob mentality in the town from destroying him is to confess to witchcraft. Despite that, he would rather die than see his name and reputation blackened by Danforth and the whole town knowing he signed a pact with Satan. From his decision to withdraw his confession, we see that Proctor is a man who sticks firmly to his beliefs and religion. Proctor isn’t as religious as the rest of the town, in that he doesn’t attend church every Sunday. This creates a suspicion about Hale and the town that he is somewhat anti-religious, which is increased when Mary gives in to the mass hysteria of the town and finally accused John Proctor of witchcraft.
It is clear he despises him and askes, “I may speak my heart I think.” Procter is critical of Parris and for this reason he stays away from the church as well as fails to have one of his sons baptized. He tells hale, “I see no light of god in that man. I will not conceal it.” Procter realizes from the beginning that the girls are pretending about the witchcraft and decides to isolate himself from the village. Procter decides to remove himself from the rest of
But because of the feud, it made them sneak around hiding it from both their parents, in fear they would get caught and never see one another again an example of this is when the prince says “See what a scourge is laid upon your hate” after both Romeo and Juliet kill themselves. Another reason it was Lord Montague’s fault was because he was not emotionally connected to his son. Evidence that supports this is when Romeo was off wondering off by himself because he was upset, Lord Montague wanted to know why and asks “Could we but learn from whence his sorrows grow” but instead of himself finding out for himself, he sends Benvolio to do it because he knows Romeo would not share with him because of the absence of connection between them. Also, if he knew his own son better, Lord Montague would have known that Romeo was hiding something and was sneaking around. But because they did not have a good relationship and communication between the two of them Lord Montague had no idea what was going through the head of Romeo until his unfortunate death.
The very idea of witchcraft is reprobated, as Reverend Parris reiterates, "Thomas, Thomas, I pray you, leap not to witchcraft. I know thatyou least of all, Thomas, would ever wish so disastrous a charge laid upon me. We cannot leap to witchcraft. They will howl me out of Salem for such corruption in my house." (14) When the court becomes involved, the judges, reproving the practice of witchcraft in any form, are more prone to believing the girls' accounts of the torture each condemned person had inflicted upon them by the
However, Gilmore fails to sufficiently analyze the motivations behind the secrets that these characters hold. By missing these motivations, Gilmore overlooks Hawthorne’s actual goal: to judge his characters based on the motivations underlying their actions. While Hester is forced to reveal herself as an adulterer, Gilmore’s analysis ignores her choice to selflessly keep Dimmesdale’s identity a secret in order to protect him. Not only must she live “[with] this burning shame [of the scarlet letter]… upon [her] bosom,” (52) but also she must endure alone the trial of living in disgrace. In fact, she chooses to do so.
To continue, it could also be said that Arthur Birling is in a way a coward as he not willing to take responsibility for his part in the suicide. Linking in to this, we are able to understand that Arthur Birling doesn’t want to be a part of the enquiry and that he wants the Inspector to start interrogating other members of the family. The phrase “don’t tell me…” is extremely interesting because from this we are able to see that Arthur Birling doesn’t want to be in the spotlight anymore and that he is not going to stand up for anyone else’s nonsense on his actions. At the end of the play, he knows he has lost the chance of his knighthood, his reputation in Brumley and the chance of Birling and Co. merging with their rivals. Yet he hasn't learnt the lesson of the play: he is unable to admit his responsibility for his part in Eva's death.
When he heard Apollo’s prophecy, he could have calmly investigated the murder of King Laius, but in his hastiness, he cursed the murder, and in so, cursing himself. “I pray that that man’s life be consumed in evil and wretchedness. And as for me, this curse applies no less” (Sophocles 13). Oedipus’ desire to know the truth about Laius’ murder and the mystery surrounding his birth, led Oedipus to his realization of his doings. Although multiple people tried to stop him from pursuing the truth, he is unable to.
At this point, Asbury feels very disheartened in his life for the things he has done. “What’s wrong with me is way beyond you” (O’Connor 95). Which means, Asbury chose his fate by not letting a doctor see him in person, which then brought Asbury down into a huge dump, making him feel more disappointed for what he has done. Secondly, he took a dangerous risk of drinking unpasteurized milk to make him suffer throughout this illness, “We’ve got to think free if we want to live free” (O’Connor 98)! Again, through Asbury’s mind he thought wrong when it’s not going to hurt his mother to lose two or three glasses of milk a day, when really it hurt Asbury himself by drinking the outdated milk, to make Asbury the person he is now.
Eddie’s tragic downfall is triggered by his inability to understand his ‘improper’ feelings for Catherine, his some what foster daughter, his hubris and his ignorance of the warnings given to him by both Alfieri and his wife, Beatrice. Eddie Carbone’s illicit love for Catherine is ‘ a sin against nature’ , these feeling are what drives him to his Peripeteia, which was calling the Immigration Bureau. Eddie pays for his mistake with his life, his death is an event that must occur to restore order in the community and to perhaps be a warning to the rest of the community as they learn from his mistake. Our understanding of domestic tragedy shows us that tragedy is inevitable; however in A View from the Bridge the tragic death of Eddie Carbone seems evitable. Characters such as Beatrice and Alfieri try to prevent Eddie from making his Peripeteia by giving him warnings and trying to make him understand his feelings for Catherine but Eddie, due to his ignorance and hubris, rejects these.
Mary Warren displays this anxiety when she allows Abigail to frighten her into abandoning John Proctor and accusing him of witchcraft. This leaves him unable to prove the girls' perjury and at the mercy of the judges who are quick to impose guilt. Reverend Parris also displayed an influence by fear when he urged the judges to condemn the accused and encouraged the accused to confess. He believed that this would help him continue to appear moral in the town during immoral and unjust proceedings. Should he lose his facade of morality, he would lose his position of power as reverend.