He directs these comments not only at Abigail, but also at judge Danforth. In his eyes, judge Danforth has fallen under Abigail’s trap and he believes that the truth is being buried deep and ignorance is being surfaced. He believes that the basic morals of the Christian faith are being suppressed and what God has commanded not to do, is being done. In between the words he is also secretly implying that the whole judicial system of Salem is in shambles and they cannot differ from right and wrong. In Proctor’s eyes, judge Danforth is doing the complete opposite of what his job is.
His name is John Hale of Beverly and he has come to unravel this obscure matter. Hale strongly believes that “they cannot look to superstition in this.”(Miller, 38) To him the De... ... middle of paper ... ...e courtroom and bravely die just so that the following generations can learn from this unjust cruelty. John Proctor exemplifies the total opposite of religious austerity, therefore he does achieve the correct interpretation of truth. The Crucible, to conclude, is a perfect example of how lack of flexibility is noticed in the absolutism of the Puritan elders. 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.
Mine burns in secret!” (167) Dimmesdale envies Hester’s letter because she has no need to hide form anyone and live in secret. Towards the end of his life, Dimmesdale, has enough strength to admit to his sinful actions and declares of God’s mercy. The war that is going on inside Arthur Dimmesdale is one of appearance vs. reality. Dimmesdale in the end conquers his tribulations and admits to his hypocritical ways. While the town’s people viewed him as their incorruptible, revered and strong pastor they came to realize that he was corrupt, dishonest, and weak.
The community’s expectations cause Dimmesdale to punish himself for his sin instead of confessing. He struggles for years to come to terms with his mistake, and in the end he is able to accept his true identity and confess his sin publicly. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne illustrates how the community’s influence over Dimmesdale prevents him from embracing his true identity, highlighting the negative effects the community can have on a person. Negative and restrictive diction are used to portray the detrimental aspects of the community’s strict laws, which prevent Dimmesdale from revealing his true identity to the public. The Puritans are described as, “…a people amongst whom religion and law [are] almost identical, and in whose character both [are] so thoroughly interfused, that the mildest and the severest acts of public discipline [are] alike made venerable and awful,” illustrating the high expectations of the community and the pressure their laws place on Dimmesdale (Hawthorne 47-48).
While he has, indeed, been ashamed of his many sins throughout his life, Proctor's soul still clings to his pride and his good name, however soiled it may have become. On the morning scheduled for his execution, Proctor wrestles with the realization that one more sin so heaped upon the rest in his life will make precious little difference in the end; "I cannot mount the gibbet like a saint. It is a fraud. I am not that man.... My honesty is broke... I am no good man.
As the scene opened, Mr. Procter is accused as a sinner against his own selfness, who is trying to hide from his own neighbors by pretending to be sinless person because of his importance of reputation. As John was talking he explained to the judge, "Your Honor-he has the story in confidence, sir and he--," (pg. 97). This is showing how John Proctor stood up for his pride and belief. 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.
Job expresses that God is the one who has made him terrified and has made his “heart faint” (Job 23:16). In this story, Job simply wants an answer from God to why he is being punished and God does not respond. In The Book of Job chapter 27 Job professes his two oaths about his innocence. He accuses God of violating his rights, “As God lives, who takes away my right, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter,” (Job 27:2). Yet, he still refuses to curse God and believes as long as he still has “life breath... ... middle of paper ... ... very argumentative when it came to not receiving answers.
In the end, John Proctor endures all crucibles, standing true to his beliefs and his philosophies, but in doing so, he is condemned to hang. Erroneous mistakes in judgment lead to far worse situations, and though through valiant attempts, he tries to save himself, Proctor only digs himself deeper, until he is in too deep to escape. Blinded by lust, he temporarily neglects his wife and principles. Though his ultimate fate may seem exceptionally phenomenal or heroic, what makes him a tragic hero is that he is helplessly and fundamentally flawed by very human characteristics. His tragic tale impresses upon the audience that one must never let his fleeting desires barricade and obstruct his heart, where his true and rightful judgments lie.
John Proctor is guilty of both spoken lies and lies conveyed from his actions. John Proctor has to deal with the decision to stay true to himself and not let his frustration condemn him to falsify the truth. Accused of conjuring with the devil among many other innocent Puritans in the town, John has to face making the right decision to either be hanged and keep his soul pure or lie to save his life and oblige to the magistrates that he did indeed conjure with devil. The tendency to want to keep your life is within any human being on this Earth, however John is faced with the decision of saving his life or faulting his already remorseful heart by lying. As John Proctor makes the decision to lie and keep his life, he begins to doubt how others will now think of him knowing he conjured with the devil.
This later had influence to the turning point of the play as Elizabeth confront to Danforth that Proctor did not commit any sins, when in fact she is just trying to protect him. What she doesn't realize is that John had already confessed his sins to Danforth, therefore, Elizabeth's testimony imply that John was a liar. As a consequence, John was convicted and was sentenced to be hang. John Proctor's honesty have been a factor in depicting that he is indeed his "own worst enemy". In the same manner, John Proctor's exuberant sense of dignity have also been a factor leading him to become "his own worst enemy".