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Made of Honor Essay

  • Submitted by: JudithNager
  • on November 24, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 462 words

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As Thomas Jefferson once said, “Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong.” In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, John Proctor struggles to act honorably and maintain his good name in the Puritan society of 1692 Salem. John Proctor is said to be, “…a sinner not only against the moral fashion of time, but against his own vision of decent conduct”(Miller 19).   After his wife Elizabeth discovers his affair with Abigail, she loses trust in her husband. John blames her for having a cold heart and does not fully accept his own responsibility in destroying her trust by cheating on her. In this case, John acts as a dishonorable man, claiming, “I have not moved from there to there without I think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral marches round your heart” (Miller 52). During the trail, John Proctor suddenly realizes that he must speak up about what Abigail tells him in private because the situation in Salem has spun out of control. The shame he feels inside is eating away at him.   He can no longer keep it a secret and when he confesses, it is too little too late, and he is accused of consorting with the devil. When Elizabeth is questioned, she tries to cover for Proctor by lying, and does not realize that he already confessed. At this point, Proctor realizes that publically confessing the affair will sully his name. However, he begins his journey to becoming honorable by telling the court, “G-d help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore’s vengeance…” (Miller 102). Right before Proctor’s execution, Elizabeth goes to visit him. Judges Danforth and Hathorne ask Elizabeth to try to get Proctor to confess, but she declines to influence him. Proctor signs the confession and when the Judge tells him it will be hung publically on the church door, Proctor grabs it and tears it in half. Proctor is inspired by the noble behavior of Rebecca Nurse and others who refuse to falsely confess to witchcraft nor will they falsely implicate...

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