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English Literature Essay on The Crucible How does Miller shows Proctor's confession By Sidney Tang 11N John Proctor is the main character in the play who acts as the tragic hero in this classic tragic play. He appears to be honest, honorable, subtle and solemn. He is a good man but he has done something he will be regretting for the rest of his life. In order to expose Abigail's lie, he had risked his good name by saying 'it is a whore! Mark her! Now she'll suck a scream to stab me with.... I have known her, I have known her.' p. 88. He has had sexual intercourse with Abigail. He yelled it out loud in the court and his intension was to let everybody know that Abigail was trying to accuse his wife. Abigail once mentioned that she will dance with John on his wife's grave and he loves John which made her try even harder to get rid of Proctor's wife. Mr. Goodie's identity had been exposed and he is a lecher. ...read more.


He has got manliness which is good but may be a bad thing. After admitting his fault, Danforth asked him to sign his name on a legal document which will be placed at the church in public as a prove for his confession. He was angry about this and said "How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!" John would rather die then give up his 'good' name. He said that he had already given up his "soul". He has chosen to die with honor and pride instead of living full of guilt and regrets for the rest of his life. He had got 2 choices, which were to sign the confession and save his own life or to allow himself to be executed. He has chosen the second choice that gave him back his sense of goodness where he lost when he admitted adultery with Abigail. ...read more.


the community know of his sin. Offered the opportunity to make a public confession of his guilt and live, he almost succumbs, even signing a written confession. His immense pride and fear of public opinion compelled him to withhold his adultery from the court, but by the end of the play he is more concerned with his personal integrity than his public reputation. He still wants to save his name, but for personal and religious, rather than public, reasons In a sense, The Crucible has the structure of a classical tragedy, with John Proctor as the play's tragic hero.. His lust for Abigail Williams led to their affair (which occurs before the play begins), and created Abigail's jealousy of his wife, Elizabeth, which sets the entire witch hysteria in motion. Once the trials begin, Proctor realizes that he can stop Abigail's rampage through Salem but only if he confesses to his adultery. Such an admission would ruin his good name, and Proctor is, above all, a proud man who places great emphasis on his reputation. He eventually makes an attempt, through Mary Warren's testimony, to name Abigail as a fraud without revealing the crucial information ...read more.

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