Then, the girls pretended as if Mary bewitched them with her powers. His one mistake brings about the deaths of many people and eventually, his own. Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! As the play goes on, the girls begin to accuse more and more people of witchcraft. This does not work out because towards the end Proctor realizes that his wife is the most important thing and confesses to having an affair with Abigail. We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law! John was a hard working man that earned everything that he owned. He was highly respected in the town of Salem. The content of this quote displays the immense amount of love and passion that John has for his wife.
Proctor also presents various personality traits as the play progresses, but however at the end he emerges as a strong character who is essentially good and who is. Martha died in childbirth on 13 June 1659. Also, he considers himself more valuable than those with actual valuable assets. He believes that him committing adultery is a sin big enough to damage his character, Elizabeth becoming less trusting of him and publicly exposing his infidelity would only add insult to injury. But in the end he comes to realize that all he can do and must do is to protect the truth, even at the cost of his own life.
This is, however, the only significant flaw that Mill designs for his character and it seems as though any other smaller flaw that exists, such as his wild anger, feeds upon the guilt that results from the larger flaw, his affair with Abigail. In the story, The Crucible, author Arthur Miller creates the character John Proctor who often found his self struggling with both crucial tests of society and severe individual trials. John is a loving husband. His own mistake causes the entire village to go into a mad craze and results in his own death. He also tells everyone that he would rather die than have his name be ruined.
His immense pride and fear of public opinion compelled him to withhold his adultery from the court, but by the end of the play he is more concerned with his personal integrity than his public reputation. Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! She loves her husband deeply, but seems to have the sense that she doesn't deserve him, and therefore often responds coldly to him. Be it declared and enacted by His Excellency, the Governor, Council and Representatives authority of the same, That the several convictions, in General Court assembled, and by the judgements and attainders against the said George Burroughs, John Proctor, George Jacobs, John Williard, sic Giles Core, Martha Core, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Good, Elizabeth How, Mary Easty, Sarah Wild, Abagail sic Hobbs, Samuel Wardell, Mary Parker, Martha Carrier, Abagail sic Faulkner, Anne Foster, Rebecca Eames, Mary Post, Mary Lacey, Mary Bradbury, Dorcas Hoar, and any of them be and are hereby reversed made and declared to be null and void to all intents, constitutionalism and purposes whatsoever as if no such convictions, judgements and attainders had ever been had or given, and that no penalties or forfeitures of goods or chattels be by the said judgements and attainders or either of them had or incurred. Fear is the underlying element of tragedies according to Miller. Such an admission would ruin his good name, and Proctor is, above all, a proud man who places great emphasis on his reputation. His self-esteem sets him apart from other members of the town, such as the Putnams, who feel one must obey authority at all costs.
God forbid I take it from him! Also, he has Mary Warren's testimony that she and the other girls have been faking everything. Proctor almost gives in to saving his life by signing a confession that confirms him being a witch but at the end of the play he is more concerned with what is important than his public reputation. A powerful man in both build and character, Proctor refuses to follow people he considers hypocrites, including Reverend Parris. There are others who struggle with more internal trials, such as forgiving those who have hurt them. It is from this point on that John Proctor seems more willing to accept the consequences of his behavior. He did this by doing what she said and not complaining and acting nice and calm. Elizabeth knows that Abby accused her of being a witch in court because she wants her dead so she can have John all to herself.
John Proctor is a man that reevaluates his values throughout the course of the book as he copes with his personal expectations of himself. We see him challenging authority, from Parris to Danforth, throughout the play. Well with every affair somebody finds out eventually, and Elizabeth did. I'll not have your suspicion any more. This would save those accused of witchcraft such as Rebecca Nurse who was accused by Mrs. John Proctor is a middle aged farmer married to Elizabeth Proctor and is the father of three boys. This is a really interestingly crafted moment by Miller as Proctor forgets the one that he has broken.
Elizabeth, who was then pregnant, was given a reprieve until she gave birth, which came after the trials ended. The witchcraft hysteria strikes fear into the heart of the Salem townspeople. This is what Miller is trying to tell us, that there are some things more important than life itself. His best possession is his good name and the respect and integrity associated with it. In June 1696 Elizabeth filed an appeal to contest her husband's will. As the play progressed, he began to lay everything on the line to save his wife and her unborn child. In this case, he is thinking about the sin he committed with Abigail, and quite literally hating himself for it.
True, Proctor did succumb to sin and commit adultery; however, he lacks the capacity to forgive himself. That statement implied to the court that Proctor worshipped the Devil and committed perjury. Elizabeth petitioned the court for a reversal of to restore her legal rights. There are those who spend every day in fear, wondering whether or not they will be falsely accused of witchcraft. Elizabeth's noblest act comes in the end when she helps the tortured John Proctor forgive himself just before his death. He soon realizes that he has committed a extremely bad sin and believe that he has shamed himself in the eyes of God.
Proctor made the tough decision to admit to such a crime, yet an act like this displays how he grew and changed as a person, as well as how much one woman meant to him. The farm was leased from Emmanuel Downing, brother-in-law to. Although John reluctantly became involved in the Salem witch trials, his initial silence proved to be the downfall of not only himself, but of his fellow townspeople as well. Elizabeth also has to suffer through the decision to reveal the unfaithfulnessof John or to remain strong in her love of him. Between the wily machinations of Abigail and the bullheadedness of the court, all of these tactics fail.