Examples Of Honesty In The Crucible

Improved Essays
Is there anything capable of causing a person to forsake their principles? The honesty and integrity of a person can endure through anything. The Crucible by Arthur Miller is based on the Salem Witch Trials, which destroyed a town with false accusations of witchcraft, and the death of innocents. John Proctor’s honesty and integrity are demonstrated by his bravery, truthfulness, and morals, which endure through all attempts to break them down. John Proctor’s bravery never wavers despite the risk to his own well-being. In a heroic effort, John Proctor attempts to save his wife and friends after they are accused of witchcraft. He does everything in his power to prove them innocent: “Will you read this first, sir? It’s a sort of testament. The …show more content…
John admits to his affair with Abigail in an attempt to discredit her. He confesses his adultery to the judges while trying to save those who Abigail has falsely accused: “I have known her, sir. I have known her” (Miller 1309). John was ashamed of his sin, but he does not allow this to stop him from revealing the truth, as the truth has the possibilty of freeing everyone. By ruining his own name and confessing his sins, he has the opportunity to put a stop to all of the lies created by Abigail and the other girls. Furthermore, he was willing to ruin his own reputation in an attempt to save the lives of many, including his wife: “I have made a bell of my honor! I have rung the doom of my good name—you will believe me, Mr. Danforth! My wife is innocent, except she knew a whore when she saw one!” (Miller 1309). Confessing the truth about his adultery was his last attempt to reveal the lies that plague the town, and it destroys both his honor and dignity. John slanders his good name by confessing his sins to the towon. John also reveals that his wife knew of his adultery. He never allows his pride or reluctance to stop him from disclosing the truth. The ruination of his name could have prevented him from being honest about his mistakes, but his truthfulness endures. John Proctor’s truthfullness results in the ruination of his name, yet his ruined name is what he clings to as he faces …show more content…
He refuses to confess himself to lies because of his honor, dignity, and beliefs: “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang!” (Miller 1333). He clings to his name and refuses to disgrace it further, as it is the only thing he has left. He has the opportunity to save his life by confessing to witchcraft, but refuses to smear his name any more. John’s name is highly important to him, and disgracing his name is like disgracing himself. John has the opportunity to keep his life by destroying his name, but he feels that his life is not worth living if he is unable to keep his name. John also feels that he is unworthy of doing the right thing and acting like a hero. He feels he does not deserve to stand next to Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey, and this almost causes him to save himself by confessing to lies. He confesses and even signs the confession, but he is unable to hand it over. Nevertheless, the judges continue to beg him for a confession: “You will give me an honest confession, or I cannot keep you from the rope” (Miller 1333). The persistence of the judges and John Hale does nothing to waver John Proctor’s beliefs. He knows that if he does not confess to lies he will lose his life; however, the threat of death and the insistence of others do nothing to hinder his morals. John also knows that by

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    Jean-Marie Bonnet states, “For Proctor, his ‘name’ does not only mean reputation, but truth to oneself and others. When he refuses to give away other people’s names it is because he ‘likes not to spoil their names’, and when he refuses to ‘sign his name’, it is to save his own integrity before God and himself” (Bonnet 36). Not only is Proctor’s own integrity important to him, but also the image created in another’s mind when hearing of a “Proctor” has an enormous influence on his final decision to not confess to witchcraft in the final trial. Proctor was willing to sacrifice his life, in order to save the Proctor name for his sons in the generation to come. In the Readings on The Crucible, Thomas Siebold states, “-he sacrifices himself in order to save others and to stage a protest against his persecutors.…

    • 1251 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Throughout the play, John Proctor struggles with whether or not he should confess to adultery. Towards the end of the play, John Proctor tries courageously to restore his lost honor by confessing his sin to the court. “God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore’s vengeance, and you must see it; I set myself entirely in your hands (110).” John Proctor admits to adultery in hopes that the court will realize that he bizarre accusations from Abigail Williams and the girls are merely revenge for what had occurred between Abigail and John Proctor. John Proctor wants to save the women who were accused and bring honor to his reputation by saving the lives of the accused women.…

    • 1319 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Honesty In The Crucible

    • 1027 Words
    • 5 Pages

    He reveals to his wife that he has committed adultery. The girl who he has engaged in sin with has accused Johns wife of witchcraft. John must take this into his own hands and save his wife. He is already in trouble for sinning, but he can combat that if he does what is right towards his wife. When he goes to reveal the truth about Abigail the tables turn and he is then accused of witchcraft.…

    • 1027 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    This is because he chose to stay with his statement which said that Abigail was a fraud and he chose that which would get him hung. John Proctor’s transformation is significant because it shows how he eventually forgave himself for being a sinner and becomes a good, noble and imperfect man. John refused to let the whole town find out about his affair and further embarrass his wife, as well as the loss of the respect he received in his village. John couldn’t handle living with his sin which was why he chose to die than…

    • 1272 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    He feels that, in confessing a lie, he has not only cemented his own lack of integrity, but also that he has confirmed his own moral worthlessness. His lie, though it will save his life, will appear to confirm the guilt of the others who will not confess, and this brings him even lower in his own eyes. Without integrity, all he will have left in his life is his reputation, and his reputation will be blackened by the appearance of his name on the dishonest confession. It doesn’t really make sense that his name, his reputation, and what others think of him, should seem to be worth more to him than his own integrity, what he thinks of himself. After he tears the confession, he seems to realize that his prior sin of adultery does not mean that he cannot redeem himself in the moment.…

    • 1006 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Heroism In The Crucible

    • 1330 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Although Proctor cheated on Elizabeth showing a lack of integrity, Proctor , in The Crucible by Arthur Miller, he agrees to sign the confession and refuses to name names, but then rips the confession because he did not want to damage his and others’ reputation. To be a hero means to put yourself in front of others and sacrificing yourself for others and standing up for something you believe is right. So Proctor came home silently so Elizabeth won’t suspect him so that there was no conflict but then she catches him and they start talking about work. Then they talk about the court and how Proctor should say the truth about Abigail and the bad she has done and that is when Proctor tells Elizabeth that he was with her in a room alone. Near the…

    • 1330 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Anderton also has his own set of fatal flaws. Anderton discovers about his upcoming crime and doesn’t try to help himself but instead runs away and denies help. He is in the room when he gets the prediction of him murdering Leo Crow, Burgess calls Anderton to tell him that he will help him and that nothing will happen to him, but Anderton refuses his help and runs away. When cornered Fletcher who used to work under Anderton in the pre-crime unit tells Anderton to not run and that it will be easier, but Anderton still refuses all the help and runs away (Frank & Cohen). Anderton could’ve fixed all the problems by just staying with Burgess and proving his innocence but he worsens the situation by running away.…

    • 1091 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    And being what she is, a lump of vanity, sir”. Proctor sacrifices his reputation in order to save his wife and stop the court from going on. At this moment of terror, he says to Danforth “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies!…

    • 913 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    In return, he pays the ultimate price with his life on the line. He apprehends the importance of justice for the girls, for they have produced the witchcraft nonsense that dooms Salem townspeople. John admits, “I cannot mount the gibbet like a saint. It is fraud. I am not that man.…

    • 1366 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Proctor's pride kept him from seeing the reality in his dire moment, Elizabeth couldn't admit that she needed to forgive her husband before he could himself. Proctor's and Hale's pride had brought them much sorrow in the end when it was too late. Hale's was blinded by his achievements that he believed in what he was doing and was not opened to the reality. Proctor's final act was based on excessive pride yet he did want to live, but he allows himself to be hanged because he knows Elizabeth will see him as a better man. This was pride’s doing because he lets it stand in the way of his original decision.…

    • 962 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Superior Essays