He was so quick to blow off the idea that witchcraft caused her sickness because he was too worried his reputation would get shot with that possibility. In the court while Mary was being questioned about fainting Paris was looking for the first chance to accuse her of witchcraft and he eagerly said, "Then you will confess, will you not?" Mary Warren had no relation to Paris therefore he would not hesitate to point his finger at her. Paris was like Danforth in that he also could not realize his hypocritical ways because of his
Reverend Hale realized that the girls were lying and accuse people for vengeance. John realize that his name is not worth a life. John Proctor is the most important character because he’s the person who made the witch trial possible by having an affair with Abigail. Another reason is that he tried to save everyone from being
“This is a court of law. The law is based upon the bible” Said Danforth (56). The court used God as an excuse to rectify his or her fears, so when the accused were tried in the court, no one was ever innocent. The accused either denied being a witch and were hung,
Abigail and the girls continue to forge visions of the devil. They then accuse John of conceding with the devil. John is arrested. The court grants John freedom if he signs and admits to dealing with the devil. John signs the confession but refuses to tarnish his reputation; “Because it is my name... Because I lie and sign myself to lies!” (143).
Though lying is a sin, many villagers chose to set aside their beliefs and “confess” to these allegations of witchery. but some stood by their belief and would not lie to please the judges or the conniving teenage girls convicting everyone. In this quote John Proctor is explaining why he will not sign the document claiming that he committed witchery, “because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies!
Another reason their relationship is dangerous is that if John Procter were to prosecute against Abigail Williams saying that she is in fact a witch, Abigail Williams could very easily tell the entire town that she and Procter have been having an affair to get revenge on him. It wouldn’t really affect her too much, but on the contrary, it would ruin his reputation in the town and his relationship with his wife. Later in Act I, Abigail is being “interrogated” by Reverend Hale and she claims “I never sold myself! I’m a good girl! I’m a proper girl!” (Miller 40) in this statement, Abigail is defending herself that she never sold herself to the devil.
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
Some people try to hide from their lying, and it is not uncommon for guilt to push someone to the absolute boiling point. I believe, in most situations, no one can escape the truth, it will always follow someone by thoughts and memories. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, the character, Hester Prynne, commits adultery with a man named, Arthur Dimmsdale. Hester is publicly shamed and left with the outcome of her daughter Pearl. The townspeople are uninformed that Dimmsdale also committed the sin, he is left unharmed and with a guilty conscience.
I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men! And now you bid me tear the light out of my eyes? I will not, I cannot! You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!” This is said to Proctor by Abigail in Act 1 informing the audience that those two had an affair. Overall, I would say that Abigail Williams is the villain of this story.
“The Devil’s loose in Salem” (59). Since Hathorne, Danforth, and Hale are dependent on the assumption that the children were telling the truth, they believe them and convince the majority of the crowd to as well but that does not make it right. Abigail lies about her ability to see spirits, as do the other girls; and completely lies to everyone but no one but Proctor was willing to step up from the crowd and object. “Lies, lies…God damns liars, Mary” (117)! In Proctors case it is opposite, he objects to the girls false deeds and no one believes him because the majority of people do not.