The main characters of the play are Elizabeth Proctor and her husband John. John had an affair with their maid, Abigail, and it was her intention to destroy Elizabeth and marry John Proctor herself. After Elizabeth and other members of the community have been arrested on charges of witchcraft, the trial begins and there are many opportunities to show that the people arrested were innocent but the many interruptions make this impossible. At the start of act 1 Martha Corey is being questioned by judge Danforth and Hathorne to see if she had been involved in witchcraft. Her husband, Giles Corey interrupts to say that Putnam wants everyone’s land.
He had the ultimate opportunity to get back at Abigail and stop the witch trials from happening when he meets Abigail alone in the woods; upon their encounter she confesses to John, “We were dancing in the woods last night and my uncle leaped in ... ... middle of paper ... ...fess to them Elizabeth” (238). He’s thinking about giving in to the corrupt church to save his own life like everyone else. But when the Judge Danforth asks him to sign his name on a document confessing of witch craft he won’t do it because he explains, “It is my name I cannot have another in my life because I lie and sign myself to lies. Proctor finally stands up for what’s right and he shows that he won’t taint his name in order to save his own life. So they send him to be hung but he dies with his honor and his integrity.
However, Reverend Hale takes Giles’ claims the wrong way and Martha Corey is quickly arrested and convicted for witchcraft. In Arthur Miller’s haunting play The Crucible, Giles Corey often announces his feelings without considering the consequences, but redeems himself by refusing to allow the defamation of one of his friends while keeping his property and dignity intact. Giles Corey is an outspoken member of Salem Village, which can sometimes get himself and others into trouble. Giles, one could say, is infamous in the town for causing disputes and attempting to settle those disputes in court. In one instance, Giles is embedded in an argument with Thomas Putnam about land that he believes rightfully belongs to John Proctor.
Banquo realizes that there must be a trick hidden in the witches prophecies somewhere but Macbeth refuses to accept that, and when Lady Macbeth finds out about the witches her strong desire for ambition and her cold nature leads Macbeth astray. Lady Macbeth's ambition far exceeds Macbeths and so she is able to get Macbeth to agree with her to kill King Duncan. Macbeth still has a conscience at this stage because he is very hesitant about killing the King but his weak nature over comes him. He has a conscience throughout the entire play as this is seen by the hallucinations of the dagger and the ghost of Banquo. His vivid imag... ... middle of paper ... ...as already thrown away his conscience, so much so, that Macbeth continues to commit even more evil acts.
In an attempt to prove that they were lying John Proctor sacrifices his own life to protect others. (LEAD IN SENTENCE). John Proctor portrays the classic tragic hero, in where his tragic error and overcoming of evil, becomes the cause of his untimely death. Proctor, a farmer, has an affair with Abigail Williams, which ultimately leads to his downfall. Abigail mistakes the affair for true love and being the leader of the group of girls that are accusing others of witchcraft; she uses this to accuse his wife, Elizabeth.
Old grudges and religious zeal result in tragedy, as innocent people are hanged for witchcraft, others are jailed, and a c... ... middle of paper ... ...o witnessing witchcraft before his good conscious prevails. Elizabeth asks for John’s forgiveness while on the cliff which is ironic because all that she did was tell one lie and her first one at that. The movie ends with John being hung for a crime that the whole crowd watching knew he did not commit. When in the river, John yells “God is dead.” Miller uses this statement illustrate John’s belief that the theocratic laws that governed Salem were not working or “dead.” All of the characters in the movie knew they were not telling the truth. To the citizens of Salem telling the truth is less important that the life of one’s neighbor.
The entire town turns against them saying that Atticus is a “nigger-lover.” Even Atticus’ family turned against them, which really hurts Scout, especially when her cousin Francis says “I guess it ain’t your fault if Uncle Atticus is a nigger-lover besides, but I’m here to tell you it certainly does mortify the rest of the family-” (Harper 91). Racism is a major theme in this story along with growing up. Throughout the story the reader sees how Scout and Jem are afraid of Boo Radley because they think he is a monster and try to tease him. Later in the novel they are no longer afraid of him and no longer interested in teasing him. Another example of their maturity is how they view people.
The setting in which this play takes place has a larger effect on the plot of the play. At the introduction to this play we are informed that it is set in Salem, MA in the 1950s.During this era, the biggest actions that was looked down upon was not attending church or... ... middle of paper ... ...ke goodness and kindness but his actions of lechery proved him unworthy to hold these traits. He strives throughout the play to prove his true character after performing this horrific crime. As the play progresses Elizabeth is accused of performing witchcraft to get her out of jail. John Procter admits to the court that he performed lechery in order to prove to the court his wife’s innocence.
In the play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller portrays the downfall of judgment in society when challenged by individuals willing to deceive to satisfy selfish interests. In an attempt to explain the unexplainable, the town of Salem is strongly interested to the idea of witches and devils as an excuse to make sense of tragedies such as dying infants or incurable illnesses. As a result, it is vulnerable to manipulation by greedy individuals looking to escape consequence or sustain reputation by inculcating “fear and guilt [...] in the air of Salem” (Huftel 3). Multiple characters contribute to this outbreak; however, three antagonists stand out: Abigail, Proctor and Parris, all of which spread the hysteria to fulfill personal motivations. Abigail is also motivated by a desire of revenge throughout.
Proctor was a local farmer who had an affair with Abigail. Abigail and the girls worried to be punished for practicing witchcraft, so they started lying and accusing other people of being witches, including Elizabeth. John Proctor tried to get his wife out of jail by confessing his affair with Abigail, but when they asked Elizabeth if Proctor have been unfaithful, she said that it wasn’t true to protect her husband. Proctor got arrested as a liar and a witch. Elizabeth and John talked and agreed in confessing everything John knows, he denied it and went to the gallows for his death.