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"He have goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!" What leads Elizabeth Proctor to make this powerful and disturbing comment on her husband's decision and why do you think Miller lets these words bring the play to an end?

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"He have goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!" What leads Elizabeth Proctor to make this powerful and disturbing comment on her husband's decision and why do you think Miller lets these words bring the play to an end? I think Miller ends the play with these words to show that Elizabeth has forgiven John of his adultery and that John has finally after a lot of mistakes made the right moral decision- which has given him back his ''goodness''. The word goodness has many different meanings. Its first meaning is the state or quality of being good. The second is generosity or kindness; the third meaning is moral excellence, piety, or virtue. The fourth meaning is a euphemism for God: used as an exclamation of surprise (not relevant to this) and the final meaning is 'what is good in something; essence. Different definitions of goodness can be applied to different characters within the Saleum community: For Reverend Hale it may mean moral excellence as he takes on the role of a judge in court. For Elizabeth Proctor it would be appropriate in several ways because she has unshakable religious faith (piety), is honest, never lies, leads a moral life following the ten commandments but stands in judgment on her husband. For John Proctor he is basically a moral man, despises greed (i.e. ...read more.

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had to employ a servant - Abigail Williams (a malicious girl who lacks morality and has no respect for the values and rules of the community). The first time John and Elizabeth are seen together in the play at the beginning of Act 1 their conversation is stilted, they are not at ease with each other, but John is trying to please Elizabeth (is this guilt or affection?). Elizabeth is distant and cold as shown -'He gets up goes to her, kisses her. She receives it. With a certain disappointment, he returns to the table'. "It is winter in here yet" As we know from Act 1 John has committed adultery with Abigail Williams, at this stage Elizabeth has not forgiven him, sees Abigail as a threat, and does not trust John "She has an arrow in you yet John" John does try to make it up to Elizabeth but is it only when they are both threatened with death/imprisonment that they both really show their love for each other. John"I will fall like an ocean on that court!" In addition, when they are both in prison - He pats her hand; she covers his hand with hers. Salem's problems begin when Abigail along with her cousin and friends are seen dancing and practicing voodoo in the forest. In an attempt to get them selves out of trouble (as both are very sinful actions) ...read more.

Conclusion

My honesty is broke, I am no good man, Nothings spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long before" So he begins by confessing that he saw the devil but then Elizabeth forgiveness makes him realise that this is the wrong moral decision because it would be calling his friends liars. He will now die but has chosen the truth at last "For now I do think I see a shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs" There is a moral story though out the play. If John Proctor had told the community in the beginning that Abigail Williams was lying before the situation had escalated I think the fate of the whole of Salem would have been very different. If he had not have committed adultery he would not have hesitated. He did not have the courage to be judged for his sin and as result allowed innocent people to suffer. I think that John and Elizabeth Proctor are heroes because they were killed for their friends and religion and were killed for something they did not do but still took the punishment. To summarize I would say that John now has his "Goodness" because he has told the truth at last and Elizabeth feels she has no right to influence his morally correct decision in any way. He can therefore he can die a good man, with his conscience clear, ready to meet God. Andrew Heale 10GER ...read more.

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