But the judge demands that Proctor sign a public statement of guilt, which also lists the names of other innocent people. If I give them that? It reflects that Proctor is a good man for he knows to vote for people for the right reasons. His action in Act 2, seasoning the food to his taste without his wife Elizabeth's knowledge, then complementing her on how well she has judged the seasoning, shows his wish that she should be happy. In this puritan society,people strongly cared what other people think of them and how their reputation stands in the village. At the beginning of the story, she and her husband, John Proctor, were known as the best judges of character, hypocrisy and sin.
The others come in soon after. Ironically, John is hiding a dirty little secret of his own. Her teenage servant, Abigail Williams, is all too ready to take Elizabeth's place, and John falls prey to this temptress's schemes, thus our tragic hero commits the shameful sin of adultery. She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave! He values honesty and has a great disdain for hypocrisy. Unlike many in Salem, Proctor is not afraid of the Church's authoritarianism, because he does not see the true value of it. On the other hand, Abigail Williams, the antagonist, plays an inferior role as an orphan who has no social status in a place like Salem.
This relationship motivates her denunciation of John and Elizabeth Proctor. This unfortunately tarnishes John's good name and he is punished for witchcraft. This is particularly true of people who saw the play when it first came out, in the era of McCarthyism. During Act 2 the audience sees the coolness and the tension between John Proctor 1495 Words 6 Pages The Dilemma of Conscience that Proctor Faces in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Conscience is the awareness of right and wrong. John also discovers that one of his only chances at freeing his wife and setting the story straight on the evilness of Abigail Williams is to come out about their affair.
He defined a tragic hero as a noble person that goes from a state of fortune and happiness to a state of utter misery. A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now. John will fight til the deaths for Elizabeth to prove his love to her. John doesn't let anyone else manipulate his thoughts and stands firm with his opinion. Last but not least he's prepared to admit that he and Abigail had an affair. Also, he considers himself more valuable than those with actual valuable assets. Once he acknowledges his affair with Abigail, Proctor effectively brands himself an adulterer and loses his good name.
. In this time of spiritual crisis, they look to their minister for guidance and support. For the most part, though, Elizabeth is a stand-up woman. All the accusers were young females who claimed they were attacked by demonic specters. John's character begins transformation when Abigail testifies in court accusing Elizabeth of witchcraft. In 1692, the real historical Abigail Williams was about eleven years old.
Rather than seeing herself as an awkward seventeen year-old who took advantage of a man's loneliness and insecurity during his wife's illness, Abigail sees herself as Proctor's true love and his ideal choice for a wife. John fights his hardest to make sure that Elizabeth is treated fairly and does whatever he can within his power to free her and set her name straight. While this character's traits and internal conflict really transcend time, it is important to note the cultural and historical setting of the play to fully understand John's motivation. Abigail's willingness to discard Puritan social restrictions sets her apart from the other characters, and also leads to her downfall. A broader point that Miller depicts through the effect the affair has is all of the damage that lying and unfaithfulness causes.
The audience can relate to his internal conflicts, they can see the reasoning in his mind and this shows that he is a realistic character. They always strive to make sure their actions reflect wisely on their names. This is more like an element of twentieth century entertainment than of a theocracy in 1692, but Miller has to appeal to his audience to make the play popular in 1953. Proctor was super ill, btw and, before he knew it, his good life was bad, bad, bad. This, however, led to the downfall of what she held closest to her: reputation and marriage. John Proctor is, at first, willing to offer up a false confession that his life may be spared.
A tragic hero is defined as someone usually of great stature that falls into a condition of sheer depression. In order to save his wife, Proctor must prove that Abigail is a liar, motivated by jealousy. And, of course, her hatred of Abigail is understandable. It is this exact flaw that leads directly to the downfall and death of John Proctor. It is not my soul, John, it is yours.