The Crucible Paradox Essay Research Paper A — страница 2

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abandoned his faith s principal values of helping others. He has turned into a broken man. Hales downfall is completed in act four. He returns to Salem to council those condemned to death to confess. He tries to get other Christians to confess to witchcraft and devil worship. He also abandons the legal system that he was so confident of in acts one and two. He says to Elizabeth Proctor; Beware, Goody Proctor-cleave to no faith when faith brings blood. It is mistaken law that leads you to sacrifice. (132) He tells Elizabeth to renounce her faith and confess to witchcraft. He has completely abandoned his faith and has renounced all that Christianity teaches. He now councils others to do the same. He cannot, however, find the courage to stand up to Danforth and tell him the court is

a fraud and the girls are lying. This is the completion of his downfall. Everything that he believes in he has cast aside and destroyed because he cannot find the courage to point out a lie. Unlike Hale, Proctor had the courage to point out the lie. He was convicted of witchcraft because he would not stand for the lie and choose to help those who were already convicted. He is about to give Danforth his confession when he realizes that he is good and that his wife does love him. He chooses to die before giving up his faith like Hale has. 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 white enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs. Elizabeth, in a

burst of terror rushes to him and weeps against his hand. Give them no tear! Tears pleasure them! Show honor now, show a stony heard and sink them with it.(144) He realizes that he is a good man and his wife thinks the same. He decides that he will not give up his name to a lie that Danforth wants from him. Even though Proctor dies in the end he has risen as high as a man can. His wife loves him and he has the courage to stand up for what he believes in. In the beginning Hale is well liked, Proctor is not. Hale runs away from the truth, Proctor does not. Hale abandons all he believes in, Proctor does not. The play is a paradox in which Proctor appears more tragic but in fact Hale is the more tragic of the two. This play demonstrates that tragedy may not always be synonymous with

death. Tragedy can be paradoxically synonymous with life.