The Crucible motivations

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There is a lot of confusion is the play The Crucible as to what the certain motivations of the characters in the play is. Why are some of the characters lying about “sightings” of the devil with certain people they are trying to get rid of? The motivations of John Proctor, and Reverend Hale haven’t been the same throughout the play. I think Reverend Parris had the same motivations throughout the whole play though which was to benefit himself and not others. Proctor and Hale by the end had the same motivation, which was to let out the truth that the girls were fakes and that they needed to be hung, not the people that they were accusing. Reverend Parris is the minister for Salem. He is a paranoid, power-hungry man. He is more concerned about his reputation than his daughter's and niece's souls when the first rumors of witchcraft get under way. He quickly learns to take advantage of the witch craze for his own personal gain, which in the end he is still concerned about his reputation. I don’t think Reverend Parris changed enough to consider him as a character who in the end “does the right thing.” In the beginning of this play Parris focused greatly on making sure that everyone thought that the girls were for rea Continue...


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I mean god forbid he loose his reputation then have 2 or 3 more people hung for something that they are totally innocent of. Any sign of him not controlling his own house and he will loose respect of the whole village therefore destroying his great ol' mighty reputation. John Proctor was a loving puritan that would give his life up for his family, which makes him a great man. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Bibliography. In the end, he wants to confess to having had relations with the Devil, but his dignity leads him to hang as a man with honor. Overall I see a bunch of extremely confused people in a crisis that there was really no getting around and any idea would have probably ended in the same conclusion that the girls were lying and that the devils were fake. He had an affair with Abigail Williams, and this affair is what causes Abigail to accuse Elizabeth of witchcraft. Hale has realized by the end of the novel that the law is not always right and that the only way to stay alive right now is to give into the way of the government. Reverend Hale did the best anyone could have done coming into that town not knowing what to expect. If Parris were to disagree with anything at this point his family would fall apart. I think in the end that Reverend Hale had done the right thing in going against the court and government of Salem and trying to save lives. He does not care for the voice of authority (of the church or court) and does not want to be involved with the witch-hunt. ! Hales motivations dramatically changed ever since he started realizing that the girls were lying and that no one was listening to him. John Proctor is the husband of Elizabeth Proctor.