Comparing John Proctor And Honesty In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Imagine a society where you feel trapped 24/7. Fear and revenge rule the day. It seems like lies are more important than honesty and courage. This is Salem, Massachusetts 1692 during the Salem Witchcraft Trials. No one could escape accusations of witchcraft, not even John Proctor, a man who was really strong in his puritan beliefs. In the play, john did something not a lot of people did, he died for his beliefs. Many people disagreed with him for this choice, Reverend hale, another main character who was very strong in his beliefs, said there was no belief worth dying for. This story is told in Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible. The strict puritan society made a big deal of witchcraft, therefore, lots lied to save their lives; However, …show more content…
John took such pride in his name and felt like signing the confession paper would be like signing to a lie. When wrestling with whether or not he should falsely confess, he wails, “I have given you my soul; leave me my name” (miller 207)! First of all, a lot of people use to admire John and follow what he did, if he signed to a lie and commit another sin he wouldn 't have a good name. In Salem, you wanted to have a good name, if you didn 't, then you weren 't respected or treated the way you wanted to be treated. He was a great influence for his people in Salem and strongly believed in the Puritan society. If you feel that strongly about your name and your beliefs, you should be able to die for what you believe in. John Proctor had a valuable name in Salem and didn’t want to wreck it. He would rather die and keep it clean then live with a atrocious …show more content…
Normally, people are scared of what might happen if they do not go along with what is expected of them, so in the end, they don’t stand up for what they believe in. The Crucible, is a great example of someone that goes against fear, and stands up for what they think is right. Signing to a lie wasn’t in the question for John, he believed that dying would be the better choice. John was now remembered as the noble man who died for their beliefs, not a liar. So if you were faced with dying for you beliefs or living the rest of your life known as a liar, which side would you

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