Definition of Integrity

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Definition of Integrity

The definition of integrity according to Webster's Dictionary is, "a rigid adherence to a code of behavior." There are though many ways to look at a persons integrity. A person with integrity possesses many qualities. Three of these qualities are honesty, the ability to follow a moral code, and loyalty to yourself and your beliefs.

In The Crucible, a prime example of a person with integrity is Elizabeth Proctor. Elizabeth shows her personal purity when she refuses to persuade her husband to confess to crimes of witchcraft. She refuses because she believes that he is good now in God's light. God, to her, will show her the right way, and she believes that by following God's moral code she will be right and just. John Proctor, Elizabeth's husband, also shows his integrity when he refuses to confess to crimes of witchcraft. Even though confessing would save his life, he won't confess to a crime he didn't commit. He knows that being dishonest isn't being loyal to his beliefs.

In The Crucible, an example of not possessing integrity is also shown. Danforth, is the prime example of having no loyalty towards himselfor his beliefs. Danforth, is the Deputy Governor who convicts the citizens of being witches. When Danforth is asked to pardon the accused, he refuses saying that he can't because twelve have already hung for the same crime, and he refuses to let asnyone off. Even though he knows what is right and that they are innocent he won't because it would ruin the integrity of the court, and his own recitude.

Indictment: The McMartin Trial, also has many characters who posses a great sense of integrity. For instance the McMartin family sticks together even when they are being accused of the horrible crime of child molestation. They also will not confess to the crime because they know they are innocent and that it wouldn't be right to say that they were guilty. The McMartin's also never give up hope in the rest...
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