In the dramatic piece of literature, The Crucible, By Arthur Miller, John Proctor demonstrates pride because he wants to keep his reputation. John Proctor fought bravely for his wife’s freedom, his own freedom, as well as for the freedom of many others. In the end, however, Proctor let the want of what was left of his good name to be kept clean to be his downfall. Even in the face of death though, John Proctor showed courage and confessed to witchcraft, which was the right thing to do.
When the play sets in to action, John has had a past affair with his servant Abigail Williams. His wife, Elizabeth Proctor is very forgiving of his sin, but John was determind that he will not confess to anyone else, in fear of ruining his good name, and reputation. The affair between John and Abigail caused the start of chaotic witchcraft and accusation. After the affair, Abigail started to become tremendously jealous of Elizabeth. Proctor realizes that by confessing his sin of adultery he can stop all the witchcraft madness. Although he knows he should, he continues to be determined not to confess. Also in the drama, Mary Warren places a needle in a poppet she gave to Elizabeth; John firmly demands that Mary Warren tell the courts that she really put the needle in the poppet that day. Furthermore, at the end of the play Proctor is persistent by saying that no matter what anyone says to convince him differently, he would rather die an honest man and save his name. John Proctor took pride in his thoughts, feelings, values, and his name. It took persistency to make his expectation clear to others.
Several things portray that John Proctor is an honest man. Proctor is just afraid to tell you what is on his mind. In the beginning John truthfully tells Parris why he has not be at church recently and he realizes that he must confess his sin of adultery to the courts, which is the only to stop the frenzy in Salem. After he confesses, he