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Explain John Proctors struggle with his conference with reference to the Salem Witch trials and the McCarthy hearings.

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The Crucible - John Proctor Explain John Proctors struggle with his conference with reference to the Salem Witch trials and the McCarthy hearings. Conscience The conscience, the knowledge of right and wrong that affects actions and behaviour; the senses of guilt or virtue indeed by actions, behaviour etc. An innermost thought. (PH English dictionary) John Proctor has a terrible struggle with his conscience, particularly towards the end of the play. John proctors conscience is tell him that he shouldn't give into the pressure of the court, that he should stand proud and not tell the court lies. His conscience is telling him he shouldn't lie or defy the court and then his death, hanging from the noose, can be a proud one, accepted with honour after making his love and more importantly his peace with God. However his natural instinct, given to him upon his birth is telling him to lie. That he should lose his good name, confess to dealing with witchcraft. Telling him to lose some, perhaps all the respect people have for him but to keep his life. To lose his dignity but to keep his life. To live to see his children grow up, to see his unborn child be born, to watch his wife grow old with him. ...read more.

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As it was to him the confession was going, not the court. The court wanted to take his name and put it on the church door. Yet John believed that his confession was going to God, therefore he thought he could do both, confess and keep his name, yet the court said that he had to sign his name. In which John believed he would be losing his good name. Therefore John decided to go against the village, damning them, and sent his confession straight to God. This in turn caused Johns death, yet he died with honour and pride, as deep down inside, where it counts, he knew he had done the right thing. Died, yet kept his name and he'd done it without lying. I say-I say-God is Dead (The crucible Act 3) John Proctors very nearly cracked here. He knows quite well that there is a God and he is alive, yet he shouts out this lie anyway, as he knows now that he will have to die, this proves that John Proctor is only a man, as he here loses his temper, you can imagine him, arms waving, nostrils flaring, shouting the words at the members of the court in anger. Despite the fact that he resists the witchcraft scam for longer than the others, all he is is a man. ...read more.

Conclusion

Like the Salem judges he continued to extend and repeat these charges even after they had failed. Refusal to give other names was seen as contempt of the committee and could be punished. Very few of McCarthy's victims had the strength and courage shown by John Proctor in the play. I wish to conclude by saying John Proctor's conscience was telling him to die, to keep his name, yet at the same time it was telling him to live, and grow up with his children. He was having a real struggle, trying to decide which to do. Most people would choose life and not look back at what they were loosing, yet today you can move to another country, and start a new life, in those days if you moved you would be followed with suspicion wherever you went. Even a city further away would be suspicious of a traveller moving for no reason, especially after hearing about the witch trials. I believe that John Proctor did the right thing in refusing to give in to the court, even though he was going to give in his conscience kept him in check, so he eventually did what was best for him and for the entire community of Salem, as if he hadn't who can say what would have happened, the community of Salem might have being totally destroyed. Words 1740 Chris Neal 10mpi ...read more.

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