(p. 45). A few of his faults are that he judges too much by appearances, ".you look as such a good soul should" (p. 37); ".a claim so weighty cannot be argued by a farmer," (p. 99); and he uses people to question other people. "How can you bear to see this child suffering?" (p. 45); "In the book of record Mr. Parris keeps." (p. 64); "The man's ordained, therefore he must have the light of god in him."
In the end, he overcomes the crucible by releasing himself from his guilt of adultery and becomes a true tragic hero. John Proctor is an honest, intelligent and righteous man. Unlike many in Salem, Proctor is not afraid of the Church's authoritarianism, because he does not see the true value of it. Hence, he speaks his heart — “I like not the smell of this ‘authority’” (Pg. 181).
“Some declared, that, if Mr. Dimmesdale were really going to die, it was cause enough, that the world was not worthy to be any longer trodden by his feet.” (106). The town’s people respected him so much so that they figured it was the world that is corrupt and not Dimmesdale. Being the pastor of the town Dimmesdale was a revered man. He held the responsibility to lead the town’s people spiritually. Although he tried to live a double life of being a pastor and a man who is trying to keep his greatest sin a secret.
It is obvious that he would rather die with a good name within Salem than live and know that he had broken his own belief and lost his pride. Procter believed that between his own village he would be seen as an untrustworthy person and said "God does not need my name nailed upon the church! God sees my name, God know how black my sins are," From these comments that John said, we can surely tell that John Proctor is an honest and trusting man who would do anything to save the name of himself, his family and his friends even if it would conclude in his own life.
Peter and John were not discouraged but they preached more boldly then before. Persecution brings about boldness in a life of a believer. “Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, lest they be stoned).” (Acts 5:25-26) The lost are ruled by their fears. Saul was a Hebrew of Hebrews, all that he could be in the world’s eyes but that does not please God. Peter and John had an expected ally among the Council.
In fact, it seems that the greater his personal suffering grows, the more the public view of him appreciates. Arthur Dimmesdale is an adulterer and a hypocrite. While his lover Hester Prynne suffers publically for their combined sin, he is exalted as a moral icon. Through his own casuistry, he has convinced himself that he is serving the interests of the people this way. He is a very good minister, but a weak man.
40) This clearly demonstrates the fact that More knew what he was on about and wasn’t going to go against his beliefs for the sake of living. More strongly believed in the church and the Head of the Church, the Pope. He sustained in doing what you feel right in your heart, not what people tell you. More knew that if he stayed alive, it would have been sufferable, living in jail for the rest of his life, no job and little sight of family. He did what he thought was right.
John Procter, an honest man that follows the word of god; his name is a symbol of the stability in the country; however, he committed an unforgivable sin and could have resulted in him getting banished from the country, or even killed. He was persistent, honest, and full of integrity. He was simply, a man with pride. A wise woman once said, "Do what you feel in your heart to be right--for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't."
However, while Arthur Dimmesdale dealt with his self-inflicted punishment, he never lost his reputation with the town when it came out that he was most likely Pearl’s father. His clergymen made it their mission to make sure that Dimmesdale’s name remained in good graces with the town. His status in the town allowed for people to dismiss that fact that he committed the same crime as Hester, yet received the complete opposite reaction than Hester was subjected too. He was actually praised for his doing, claiming that his actions were used to teach everyone that “we are all sinners alike”. They regarded his actions as a mistake rather than a crime, while they held Hester to the upmost punishment.
"Let them that never lied die now to keep their souls. It is pretense for me, a vanity that will nor blind God nor keep my children out of the wind." (126) Thus the conviction first reached by John Proctor is to save his life rather than to throw it away in mock martyrdom. However, that pride, which he is trying so hard to repress, seizes hold of... ... middle of paper ... ...umbed him to - that this death will not accomplish anything great as Proctor hopes. The death of John Proctor will be his own fault, no other's, and what a sad and pathetic waste it will be.