The fact that rumours of witchcraft are already flying around the town indicates also that gossip is rife in Salem. Her love for him makes her happy he is able to keep something so important to him: ''He have his goodness now. You must tell them it is a fraud. Proctor, his chest heaving, stares, turns to Elizabeth. She fires Abigail Williams as her servant when she discovers that the girl is having an affair with Proctor. Definition John Proctor This quote occurs during Proctor's outburst just prior to Elizabeth's arrest.
This demonstrates that he believes the authority of the courts is false and should not be believed. The revelation that John has talked to Abigail alone changes Elizabeth. Term There is blood on my head! God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. How can Proctor live with lies? When she speaks with her husband, she has no blame: ''I do not judge you. I think she'll wake when she tires of it. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs. Proctor is a very respected man in Salem but he also has a few flaws that have proved him to be a tragic hero which are prideful, lustful, and well respected.
The witch and the victim. I have read my heart this three month, John. I knew all week it would come to this…'' When Elizabeth is on the witness stand and is interrogated, we see her stronger self, her ability to stand up for what she believes in and for her own morality. Term Elizabeth, I have confessed it! Now, Elizabeth and John are trying very hard to repair their broken marriage. Definition Abigail Williams During their conversation in Act One Abigail attempts to convince Proctor that his is still in love with her. Or did I dream that? Term I will not receive a single plea for pardon or postponement Definition Judge Danforth Danforth refuses to see the error in his ways and insists that the court proceed as before.
Let you look to your own improvement before you go to judge your husband any more. I have good reason to think before I charge fraud on Abigail, and I will think on it. Definition John Proctor Proctor confesses to Danforth that he has had an affair with Abigail and that he believes this is the reason for her accusations. I have given you my soul; leave me my name! John Proctor like many others is a tragic hero. I should have roared you down when first you told me your suspicion.
Proctor turns from her to Hathorne; he is off the earth, his voice hollow. Now he finally has done something that has convinced him that he is. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time—we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. He sold his soul, all he has left is his name. Husband and Wife John Proctor and Elizabeth present the image of a good religious couple, but behind closed doors it is obvious that Elizabeth's sickly and quiet demeanor does not attract John. Ours is a divided empire in which certain ideas and emotions and actions are of God, and their opposites are of Lucifer.
I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men! And she may dote on it now—I am sure she does—and thinks to kill me, then to take my place. Let you look sometimes for the good in me, and judge me not. Elizabeth: as if she has lost all faith in him Do as you wish then. Various characters base their actions on the desire to protect their respective reputations. She loses her husband, but not her life, or the respect of her name. And now you bid me tear the light out of my eyes! Term She hates me uncle she must, for i would not be her slave. For them that quail to bring men out of ignorance, as I have quailed, and as you quail now when you know in all your black hearts that this be fraud — God damns our kind especially, and we will burn, we will burn together! John has struggled with the question of whether to lie in order to save his life.
The others come in soon after. He believes that because Rebecca Nurse is such a good and well respected figure within the community that there is no chance of her being accused of witchcraft. A fire, a fire is burning! He has finally decided that he will not lie. One calls up witnesses to prove his innocence. And they'll be tried, and the court have power to hang them too, she says. He struggles to reconcile himself and after leaving the court attempts to convince people to plead guilty simply so that he won't feel any more guilt about more people dying. Wipe it out of mind.
He believes that some people are determined to have him run out of Salem and as such he selfishly looks out for his good name over all other things. It is not my soul, John, it is yours. The situation is a difficult one. Lust was one big one, but it all comes together. She is also one of the few people in the story that comes out relatively unscathed.