Reverend Hale, who enters Salem Naïve and convinced of his greatness in discerning spirits, realizes he has cause irreparable damage. In order to right one of his many wrongs, he wishes for Elizabeth Proctor to convince John Proctor to sign a false confession in order to save his life. John Proctor stated a quoted, “I speak my own sins. I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it.” Proctor confesses to witchcraft yet refuses to incriminate others.
In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, pride played an important role. Many events in Salem took place because of pride. Pride caused innocent people to be put to death by the accusations of the convincing children of Salem. The pride of some characters caused information concealment. Parris feared that Abigail’s increasingly questionable actions and the hints of witchcraft surrounding his daughter’s coma will threaten his reputation and force him from the pulpit.
In 1692 it was a Puritan way Salem led a Puritan way of life. Anyone who doesn’t agree with the church, or has a stain on his or her name, is disapproved off. John Proctor didn’t exactly have a ‘puritan’ life. However John was a good man, he wanted to be seen as an honest man, not just a man who lied to protect the town. John didn’t want to be named a liar, he admitted to committing adultery, and the last thing he wanted was his name nailed on the church’s wall because he signed a lie.
And when he tries to convince the court that the witch trials are a hoax, he is only doing so to seek revenge on Abigail. He confesses to doing the devil’s work and shows submissive ways to himself, just to get the people of the court off of his back. He does not battle back and stand by his faith, which is questionable to say the least as well. He also shows that he is a cowardous character as well. He chooses to die and take the easy road out of things, leaving his wife alone to mother 3 children on her own and to later die herself, leaving the kids with no parents.
Practical people begin to discover the motives behind the accusers; and several people stand up against this horrific turn of events. Because the fire has already started it isn't easily diffused. Abigail's mission to be with John Proctor suddenly turns on itself, placing John Proctor in prison. John Proctor is respected in town, when he is sentenced for death; the town no longer praises those leading the trials. Unfortunately when so much bad has been committed the restoration of good
Andy loved his child and doubted he would kill anyone, but was afraid his father and grandfather’s killer instincts had been passed to him. The relationship between Andy and his mom was completely ruined. After the case was over Laurie and Andy had to find a school for Jacob. Doubting any school would accept “bloody Jacob Barber”. One day Jacob went with his mom to a school to see if they had luck this time.
His implication was that he has lied before and therefore it would be no different if he lied again; he was not an untainted soul and thus it would not be tarnished if he had lied. This indicated that he has lost respect and faith in himself as he began to waive from his beliefs. Proctor: “I have three children - how may I teach them to walk like men in the world, and I sold my friends?” Proctor’s refusal to condemn his innocent friends proved him to be a
The society has been swept away by religion since they do not criticize Meursault because of his direct involvement in the murder but they despise him because of other issues. The society conflicts with Meursault because during the burial of her mother, it is claimed that he never showed emotions or any form of depression. He is also said to have made sex with Marie the following day after they attended in a Fernandel comedy and this made things more controversial. The prosecutor judges him by saying that, “…all I see is a monster.” I think that religion had eroded
In the play Miller has set it in Salem during the witch trials which were brutal and scary. In this town the individual conscience has been allowed to not be there. No one will give in to what they think is right for fear that they will be persecuted if they speak out. John Proctor is an example of one of the very few that were accused that is even willing to confess only because his wife is pregnant and he already has three children at home. John however chooses to stay true to his morals or individual conscience and hang.
He generalized them into a stereotype based on their double-sided nature of appearance vs. reality. Christianity brought about the downfall of men, as they feared the consequences of their sins in the after-life. Hamlet is stuck in a quandary between his encoded belief that he is straight, and his sincere feelings of scorn for females and affection of males. Hamlet is reluctant to kill his uncle, because he is a man and as much as he wants to kill him, he is only emotionally at liberty to attack Gertrude, a female. Societies expectation created “madness” and prevented the pursuit happiness as there was no freedom of individuality.