This allows him to look rational but can also be seen like he is not making an effort to take the necessary action. John is kind, strong and sharp. “Let them that have lied die now to keep their souls.” This shows he is strong under pressure and now in the face of death. Elizabeth Proctor also shows many strengths and weaknesses throughout the play... ... middle of paper ... ...Elizabeth. He is forced to tell the court he committed adultery, they then accused him of witch craft and execute him.
He shows himself as a harsh man who doesn’t back down from challenges and who is committed to his goals. John Proctor’s character in The Crucible is a static character because throughout the play, John Proctor stays true to himself and remains harsh and adamant about his beliefs about the trials and he tries his best to expose the lies and set the truth free. John Proctor has always condemned the trials and has been adamant that the trials were based on wrong facts because he knows that the foundation of the trials is on lies told by Abigail Williams and the girls of Salem. When John Proctor realizes that the trial is getting away from him and Abigail Williams is lying and pulling the judges towards her he lets his thoughts free and shouts “You are pulling Heaven down and raising up a whore” (120). He directs these comments not only at Abigail, but also at judge Danforth.
John Proctor, a good man with human failures and a hidden secret, a affair with Abigail, he is often the voice of reason in the play; accused of witchcraft.“I do not judge you. The magistrate that sits in your heart judges you.” This is where Elizabeth suspects that John has committed adultery, but knows how good of man he is and tries to look over it. “Adultery, John.” This is where John tells her and she makes it sound like it is news to her even though she has known for awhile. She is trying to have John have a “good” name and not be a name that everyone discards. “No, sir.” Here she is protecting his name but she doesn’t know that John has just came out and said that he committed lechery.
Everyone makes a mistake in life that they regret; in Dimmesdale’s case, he kept his sin hidden. Hawthorne uses various methods to depict Dimmesdale’s struggle to overcome the oppressive Puritan society and reveal his true identity. The laws, religion, and members of the community set high expectations for Dimmesdale to live up to. He is pressured to please his people and obey the rules of his society, but he knows that they will not accept who he really is. The community’s expectations cause Dimmesdale to punish himself for his sin instead of confessing.
Miller reveals early on in the play Proctor's infidelity, the first step towards his downfall. However, John Proctor redeems himself by sacrificing his reputation in court in an attempt to save his wife and friends from the gallows. Proctor refuses to lie by confessing to witchcraft, thus retaining his last shred of dignity. Though fault riddled Proctor's flaws lead to his downfall, his refusal to lie in order to save himself displays his heroic nature. From the beginning of the play Miller establishes that John Proctor committed adultery.
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.
If he does so he runs some risks; she is considered “a saint” and accusing her could make him look bad and soil his name, and accusing her could also lead to his lechery being made public, again soiling his name. But his silence means that innocent men and women will hang. This quiet act of supreme selfishness is where the outcome of the play is really decided; John’s fate sealed. While Proctor certainly was a flawed man, the events in The Crucible eventually lead to him recognizing and overcoming his selfishness. The first key example of Proctor acting in a selfless manor is ... ... middle of paper ... ...ide as well.
Throughout the play, John Proctor experiences the struggle between his selfish desire to keep his pride and honor intact, and doing the virtuous thing he knows deep down is necessary. Unlike Rebecca Nurse, who is the stereotype of complete righteousness, John Proctor is morally compromised and must openly struggle to save his morality. Proctor's tragedy is direly significant, for it emerges from ... ... middle of paper ... ...ver altruistic it was. Though many argue that John Proctor's ‘flaw’ is his adultery, his true fault exists as his inability to sacrifice something as seemingly small and insignificant as his name and honor in return for his life. The audience is therefore torn: our sympathies for Proctor would have him live, but our desire that he remain a virtuous man require that he not undermine his honor.
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
Proctor has expressed his contrition for his infidelity and asked for forgiveness, yet there is no sense of catharsis within the marriage nor ability for full reconciliation. The Proctor marriage is stagnant and stifling, as the fact of John’s adultery taints every conversation as if it were curdled milk. Miller here is able to suggest here from the beginning of the audience’s introduction to John Proctor that, like the res... ... middle of paper ... ... “He has his goodness now, God forbid I take it from him!” that provided we withhold our own personal integrity that what we do is right in our own minds, our consciousness will be clean and we can live out our lives in enjoyment. Miller indeed leaves us chewing on the ideas of The Crucible once the food has been cleared and the show is over. He seems to suggest that although we may be tempted to do what society perceives as morally incorrect, society’s judgements of how we acted should not dictate what we think of ourselves.