Over the course of the trials, the moral rigidity protruded from the judges’ souls, only to be seen by those willing to open up their hearts to defy this cruelty. In an attempt to moralize Salem and to discard any social disturbances, sinful institutions overwhelmed sanctity. The Puritans have purified their towns from every possible Anglican perspective, yet they have accomplished nothing since the power was placed in the corrupt hands. The religious absolutism that flourished during the oblivious aspects of these trials, clearly intensifies the importance of moral flexibility, of truthfulness. Truth, only to be clear in souls of those who deliberately accepted it, “thus to point the direction to correcting our moral optics.”(Miller Budick, 537) As for the others, a disgraceful misperception due to their religious austerity.
According to Otten, Proctor displays “strident moralism”, and continues to be “ dependent upon recognizing and accepting” his own fate (3). This illustrates the good-heartedness inside Proctor that reflects the hypocrisy of the town; whereas, the people of Salem have sins of their own, but John accepts his and knows that all people were indeed born evil, yet he dies as a result of this. As Danforth continues to apply the remorseless question of the law, Proctor refuses to name those of the accused claiming, “I speak my own sins. I cannot judge another” to enlighten his ultimate confession (141). This statement represents Johns recognition inside himself and the moment where he realizes that everyone emerges guilty of something, but he will no longer judge others based on what he has
Mistaken Identity Throughout history, the power to decide one’s fate has been given to those with the utmost ethical and moral beliefs. However, often times there are flaws in the system and the miscarriage of justice, where the innocent are deemed guilty, occur. Those sentenced with wrongful convictions affect the lives of their loved ones and tarnish the society’s reputation. In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, Danforth is most responsible for the tragedy in Salem because he allows his personal characteristics to take precedence over his professional duty. Danforth allows the trials to continue under fake pretense and therefore justice is not brought forward.
In the Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne displays a society filled with sinners who believe the are not the worst and that they deserve justice. Some of the them trampel over each other in seeking justice how Chillingsworth tries to destroy Dimmsdale in a way of seeking justice for himself. Hester tries to escape a whole continet to give herself and her a family a better life in a form of seeking justice. While Dimmsdale confesses his sin a form of getting justice for himself by dying without any regrets. All of these characters were sinners who believed they werent the worse sinner whic is why they deserved justice.
John Proctor begins in Act One as an egotistical man, more concerned about his own reputation than the lives of others around him. Nevertheless, by the end, his moral epiphany shows him in a new light which thus compel the audience to forgive him for all his imperfections. Proctors transformation in character and his journey to redemption in the audience’s eyes is what this essay will discus. In Act One, Proctor is a character that the audience immediately loathes and despises due to his arrogant way; self obsessed nature and hypocritical manner towards others. “Put it out of mind Abby, we never touched” is a perfect archetype of Proctors hypocritical manner.
In The Crucible, a prime example of a person with integrity is Elizabeth Proctor. Elizabeth shows her personal purity when she refuses to persuade her husband to confess to crimes of witchcraft. She refuses because she believes that he is good now in God's light. God, to her, will show her the right way, and she believes that by following God's moral code she will be right and just. John Proctor, Elizabeth's husband, also shows his integrity when he refuses to confess to crimes of witchcraft.
It is these qualities that display Cordelia's clear comprehension of the duties implicit in the father-daughter and king-subject bond. Part of Cordelia's moral integrity lies in her bluntness, and while Lear's daughter does seem tactless in her first appearance, saying, "Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave My heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty According to my bond, no more nor less, (I.i.91-93)" it is this honesty that contrast her to her sisters. In Lear, the long diatribes of compliment often belong to the most vile of characters, but not so with Cordelia. Her love is boundless, but not expressible through flattery.
Hester Prynne is a strong, independent woman who deals with her sin of adultery very well. Instead of running away from it, she lives with it and accepts her punishment. However, while succumbing to the will of the court, she does not for an instant truly believe that she sinned. Hester thinks that she has not committed adultery because in her mind she wasn't really married to Chillingworth. Hester believes that marriage is only valid when there is love, and there is no love between Hester and Chillingworth.
He can either confess to a crime he is innocent of to save himself from execution, or die proclaiming his innocence. He ends up choosing death because a false confession would mean implicating other accused people, including Rebecca Nurse. (Rovere 2632) Proctor feels she is good and pure, unlike his adulterous self, and does not want to tarnish her good name and the names of his other innocent friends by implicating them. (Warshow 117) By choosing death, Proctor takes the high road and becomes a true tragic hero. The reader feels that his punishment is unjust (especially since the crime of witchcraft is imagined and unprovable.)
The two characters are the Grandmother and the Misfit. Even though they are both different as night and day, they both have morals and stands by their morals no matter what. Even though the Grandmother shows to be a victim of rudeness, hostile statements, and dangerous situations, she still stood by her morals regardless of the situations. In the first paragraph, the grandmother is a victim of her grandchildren and at the end, she is a victim of a murderer who ironically is much nicer to her than her own grandchildren! It is easily observed that the grandmother’s morals involve making her environment as pleasant as her personality.