the crucible

the crucible

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  • E: You were alone with her? P, stubbornly: For a moment alone, aye. E: Why, then, it is not as you told me. P, his anger rising: For a moment, I say. The others come in soon after. E, quietly—she has suddenly lost all faith in him: Do as you wish, then. (She starts to turn.) P: Woman. (She turns to him.) I'll not have your suspicion any more. (II.65-74)
  • Hamartia: His lack of self-control influenced his affair with Abigail which caused his downfall due to the exposure of their affair and his excessive pride
  • "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!" (133)
  • Hubris: He did not want to stain his name or reputation
  • 'MARY WARREN: Don't touch me—don't touch me! (At which the girls halt at the door.) PROCTOR, astonished: Mary! MARY WARREN, pointing at Proctor: You're the Devil's man! He is stopped in his tracks. PARRIS: Praise God!''(III. 496-519)
  • Peripeteia: Mary Warren accuses him of withcraft
  • Anagnorsis: John Proctor discovers that Abigail accused his wife of witchcraft so she could be with him
  • "You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!"(193)
  • "His breast heaving, his eyes staring, he tears the paper and crumples it" (284)
  • Nemesis: He rips the paper and denounces his confession
  • Catharsis: John is hanged which causes remorse in the audience
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