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Seven Deadly Sins
Transcript of Seven Deadly Sins
Arthur Miller Seven Deadly Sins Pride Greed Lust Envy John Proctor Reverend Parris Elizabeth Proctor John Proctor To have an intense desire or need. A high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing conduct. excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions to have an intense desire or need Wrath a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc. strong, stern, or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation Abigail Williams Abigail Williams John Proctor The fact that John Proctor is a very prideful man is made evident throughout The Crucible. In the play John Proctor is accused of witch craft and Proctor is put in jail. Proctor is a very self reliant person. Even when in jail he remains independent. "He sits like a great bird; you'd not know he lived except he will take food from time to time."(Act 4,pg 131).
Proctor also has great pride in his name and his family. Towards the end of the play Proctor is going to confess to witch craft. He was going to confess so that he could stay alive with his wife and be there for his boys. As he is confessing he is bothered by what the court is asking him to do. He is asked to confirm the fact that people like Rebecca Nurse were seen with the devil. John refuses to sell his friends because he wanted to be an influence on his boys. "I have three children- how may I teach them to walk in the world, and I sold my friends?"(Act 4, pg 144). As Proctor continues to confess to witch craft Judge Danforth asks Proctor to sign his name. Proctor can not do so because he has to much pride in his name. "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 my name!"(Act 4, pg 145). Reverend Parris is not liked by many of the citizens of Salem. John Proctor in particular thinks that Parris is greedy.Since we built the church there were pewter candlesticks upon the altar; Francis Nurse made them, y’know, and a sweeter hand never touched the metal. But Parris came, and for twenty week he preach nothin' but golden candlesticks until he had them. I labor the earth from dawn of day to blink of night, and I tell you true, when I look to heaven and see my money glaring at his elbows-it hurt my prayer, sir, it hurt my prayer."(Act 2, pg 71). John Proctor has a recurring issue with Parris because of Parris's greed.
Others in the town of Salem have issues with Parris's greed. Giles Corey and Proctor get in a fight with Parris about his salary. Parris feels that he should make his salary of sixty six pounds a year and then have his fire wood supplied. "I regard that six pound as part of my salary. I am paid little enough without i spend six pound on firewood."(Act 1, pg 35). Proctor and Giles Corey feel that Parris makes enough and he doesn't need things supplied to him. "Sixty, plus six for firewood-"(Act 1, pg 35). Elizabeth Proctor is envious of Abigail Williams for most of the play. Elizabeth feels as if Abigail will replace her. Elizabeth is doing everything in her power to ensure that she will have her husband while Abigail is doing everything in her power to make Elizabeth look bad. "She is blackening my name in the village! She is telling lies about me! She is a cold, sniveling woman, and you bend to her! Let her turn you like a-"(Act 1, pg 29-30).
Elizabeth is afraid that Abigail is trying to eliminate her so that Abigail can have John Proctor. "I am sure she does-and thinks to kill me, then to take my place."(Act 2, pg 67). As Act 2 progresses Elizabeth finds that she is accused of witch craft. She is accused of placing a needle in the stomach of a poppet that Mary Warren had given Elizabeth. She was then accused of sending her spirit to do the same to Abigail. Abigail accused Elizabeth of witch craft so that Elizabeth would be hung. "Abigail were stabbed tonight; a needle were found stuck into her belly-" (Act 2, pg 81). John Proctor committed adultery and lechery with Abigail Williams while his wife was sick. John Proctor quickly realizes and regrets his mistake, and he wishes to be done with Abigail. Abigail however wants to eliminate Elizabeth and be with John Proctor. "It is her dearest hope, I know it. There be a thousand names; why does she call mine?"(Act 2, pg 67).
Abigail tries everything in her power to get rid of Elizabeth. Abigail eventually accuses Elizabeth of witch craft. Abigail was hoping that Elizabeth would be hung. "Abigail were stabbed tonight; a needle were found stuck into her belly-"(Act 2, pg 81). Abigail accused Elizabeth of sending her spirits out to harm her. When Abigail is unable to get rid of Elizabeth Mary Warren informs Proctor that Abigail will charge lechery on him. "Abby'll charge lechery on you, Mr. Proctor!". (Act 2, pg 85). and and (cc) photo by medhead on Flickr At the end of the play John Proctor is left with two options; confess to witch craft or loose his life. John Proctor does consider confessing and he almost goes through with the confession. Proctor wanted to live for his kids and his wife. "I will have my life."(Act 4, pg 139).
Proctor continues on with the confession but as it progresses Proctor becomes angered. Danforth begins to ask Proctor questions that he does not feel comfortable answering. "Did you ever see anyone with the Devil?"(Act 4, pg 141). Proctor did not feel comfortable with selling his neighbors. Proctor finally decides not to confess when he is asked to sign the confession. Proctor does not want to give up his name, and he gets very angered by the fact that Danforth wants him give up his name. "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 my name!"(Act 4, pg 145).