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are despite Proctor?s act. Through these events, Proctor and Elizabeth heal together, and begin to forgive each other inside their hearts. They are both willing to do anything to save each other. The events in this scene show how sacrificial he is of himself. From Act I to the end of Act II John?s changes begin to show a pattern of heroic growth. Evidence in support his heroic growth is visible in the end of the play as well. It is perhaps because he begins to realize that he does contain goodness that he slowly grows throughout the play. In the last act of the play we see more evidence of Proctor?s changes through his heroic act of self-sacrifice. His heroism truly begins to evolve when in the last scene he dies because he realizes that it is what he is must do to protect his

name, self-honor, and goodness. The possessed nature of Salem has overwhelmed Proctor, and after he fails to sign a confession, he is hung. His death occurs because he wants to save his name and because he realizes that he is not a person who can give such a fraudulent confession: Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name! p.143 Proctor) His most precious asset is his name; he knows that he is not like the others of Salem who denounce themselves and others to save themselves. He is special and different. Towards the end of the last act of the play, Parris and Danforth plead with him

to confess, but he cannot because he knows that he cannot ??feed a lie to dogs??(p. 136 Proctor). In the beginning of the play he cannot admit he contains goodness, though he soon realizes that he does contain goodness: I can. And there?s your first marvel, that I can. You have made your magic now, for now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but enough to keep it from such dogs? (p.144 Proctor) John states that he has found his goodness, and he knows that he must now die, for it is prescribed in the achievement of his goodness. If he were to live, he would loose the goodness of his name. Another contributing element that lies in support of Proctor?s death is the scene in which Elizabeth states that she believes that

??whatever [he] will do, it is as a good man does??(pg. 137 Elizabeth): John, it came to naught that I should forgive, if you?ll not forgive yourself. It is not my soul, John, it is yours. Only be sure of this, for I know it now: Whatever you will do, it is a good man does it. I have read my heart this three month, John. I have sins of my own to count. It needs a cold wife to prompt lechery. (Pg. 137 Elizabeth) These statements Elizabeth makes now show that she realizes that they were both at fault. These lines set Proctor free to die, they show him that she has forgiven him in her heart, and in a certain way asks for forgiveness from him. This powerful confession of hers allows Proctor to free his soul of his deed, and allows him to see the goodness that he has. With this

clarity, Proctor feels a freedom to die, for he knows that he will now die with goodness. This play strikes the reader with an eerie controversy. The witch trials were nearly the same as the McCarthy trials of the mid 20th century. The reader is overwhelmed by the fact that even good people like Proctor are killed. Proctor is a truly powerful character because he has the most soul afflicting element of human nature: Fault. Indeed Proctor is at fault when he commits lechery, though he saves himself. He is a good person, and he is indeed a hero. For he allows himself to refuse the confession which would allow him life, but not a good name. He associates goodness with his name, and he knows that if he were to let himself live he would not have goodness. But one can derive much more

from proctor?s death and realize that Proctor made the greatest sacrifice of all time. For he not only saved his name and honor, he set an example for the people who were involved in these horrendous trials.