Isabella Contention Mrs.. Burke American Literature R October 29th, 2014 John Proctor, A Prideful Man The crucible by Arthur Miller, one of the main characters is John Proctor. He is an outspoken a ND successful farmer in the village. Religious at heart, he committed a horrible sin of adultery. John is consumed by guilt: trying to decide if he should tell the true the about his affair with Abigail Williams or keep his good name in the village, John Proctor’s internal conflict conveys the message that people full of pride make decisions based on h owe they loud be viewed in the public eye versus, who they truly are.
Honest, upright, and highly looked upon in the village, John Proctor is a good m an, but with one secret flaw. His lust for Abigail led to the affair, and created Abigail jealousy Of his Wife Elizabeth, which caused all of the hysteria to start. Once the trials start, John real zees that he could try and stop Abigail lies from spreading throughout Salem, but only if he c enforces his sin. Confessing this could destroy his good reputation, and Proctor being a pr dud man, who places good emphasis on his reputation.
He attempts to name Abigail for the e fraud she is through his servant Mary Warren oviduct revealing the information on the FAA IR. You’re coming to the court With me, Mary. You Will tell it in court. ” (page 80) When his ATT empty fail, he finally decides to confess, yelling at Abigail and saying, ‘Yow do you call heave n! Where’ Where'” (page 109) Only then did he realize that it was too late, that matters have gone too far, and not even the truth can calm down the town’s frenzy that Abigail made up . This confession only leads to his arrest and accusations of being a witch.
John saves himself and provides a final accusation of the trials in the final act. H e level the opportunity to make a public confession of his guilt and keep his life. He Alamo SST caves into writing the confession, but his pride and fear of what the townspeople’s opinion ion compels him to deny his adultery from the court. “Because it is my name! Because canon t have another in my life! Because lie and sign myself lies! Because am not worth the e dust on the feet of them that hang! How may live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name! Page 143) He still wants to save his name, but for personal reason s. At the end of the play, he is more concerned with his personal integrity than his repute Zion, John’s refusal to give his confession is a great stand. By refusing to give up his integrity, P rector proclaims his conviction that his integrity will get him to heaven. So he goes to the e gallows to hang. Redeeming himself from his earlier sins. As Elizabeth says towards the end Of act four, responding to Reverend Whale’s pleas to convince John to publicly confess and save e his life. “He have his goodness now. Page 145) In conclusion, John Proctor’s internal conflicts conveys the message that people who are full of pride make decisions based on how they would be viewed in the public eye versus, who they truly are. Proctor’s decision was not an easy one to make.