This is the final scene of the Crucible play. John Proctor was told that if he confessed he wouldn't be hanged. He did confess but then they told him he had to sign an official document of his confession. He refuses because he doesn't want to ruin his name and reputation. He is taken away to be hanged.
You will not use me! I am no Sarah Good or Tituba, I am John Proctor! You will not use me! It is no part of salvation that you should use me! You are the high court, your word is good enough! Tell them I confessed myself; say Proctor broke his knees and wept like a woman; say what you will, but my name cannot--
(Proctor tears the paper and crumples it, and he is weeping in fury, but erect)
. 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!
Then explain to me, Mr. Proctor, why you will not let—
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 white enough to keep it from such dogs.
Man, you will hang! You cannot!
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