I am not blind; there is a faction and a party. On the one hand, he takes pride in his farm and his community. My honesty is broke, Elizabeth; I am no good man. Around town, his name was synonymous with honor and integrity. This is a definite reason why Proctor is a tragic figure.
His confession would have given more power to the court. She wants her arrested and blamed as a witch so badly that she stabs herself in the stomach just so she can say she has put a spell on her and wants her dead. The main reason as to why Arthur Miller placed this relationship at the centre of the play is because without it, none of the actions which followed would have taken place. Abigail was so willing to get revenge on Elizabeth she stabbed herself in the stomach with a needle and then gave her a voodoo doll with a needle in its stomach so that she would be set up to be blamed for witch craft. Elizabeth believes that her life is perfect until she finds out about the affair. She and the other girls were just in the woods having a dance party with Tituba.
John Proctor remained silent for one reason, and that was to protect himself. Instead, John Proctor speaks his mind when he recognizes injustice. Forgive me, forgive me, John - I never knew such goodness in the World! He already showed he is far from orthodox in his religion, and if he did not agree with the rules, he did not abide by them. He especially values the Puritan ideal from which the sect derives their name: purity or plainness of lifestyle, as well as worship. She is a devout Christian, being righteous and moral in all her actions. Elizabeth is suspicious — everybody was suspicious of eachother; John was tempted by Abigail — just as the girls become tempted by Abigail to accuse the innocent people of Salem of being witches. This is a culture grounded in the values of the Christian faith, hard work, self-denial, and simple living.
Second, his one major flaw causes his own downfall. But I wilted, and, like a Christian, I confessed. The Crucible there were many characters who stayed the same throughout the entire story, and there were others who changed. Nevertheless, he has a hidden sin—his affair with Abigail Williams—that proves his downfall. Much of the tension and dramatic conflict comes from Proctor's hesitation and reluctance to visit Salem and to denounce Abigail Williams. A stern, harsh-tongued man, John hates hypocrisy. During the witchcraft hysteria he disparaged the trials and accused the girls of lying.
John tried to save himself one last time at his execution saying he was not fit to die. He later says that he was, in fact, alone with her for a short while. Elizabeth Proctor is spared from a hanging because she is pregnant. There he was sentenced and therefore accused of witchcraft. Although John reluctantly became involved in the Salem witch trials, his initial silence proved to be the downfall of not only himself, but of his fellow townspeople as well.
As reverend of Salem and father and uncle of initially accused witches, Reverend Parris plays an enormous role in the plot of this story. By refusing to give up his personal integrity Proctor implicitly proclaims his conviction that such integrity will bring him to heaven. Through the actions after his affair with Abigail, by defending his wife, and by standing up for his religious and personal viewpoints, John Proctor proves that he is indeed a good man. When Proctor tore the warrant issued for the arrest of Elizabeth showed his ability to defy the court and in a way his religion because the court was controlled by religion. The emotional weight of the play rests on Proctor's quest to regain his lost self-image, his lost goodness. Proctor knows that he will damn himself, yet again, if he agrees to confess. And it is my face, and yours, Danforth! No records survive of what took place at this meeting but when the ministers emerged they had drastically changed their position on spectral evidence having decided that the devil could take on the form of innocent people.
As John did not want to tarnish his good name, he did not admit to the affair until the events of the trial had gone too far. The judges were about to sentence Mary and she could not take it anymore. There's Abigail's admission to him that there was no witchcraft. Espo wrote a letter to authorities in Boston, Massachusetts to alert them to the issues taking place in Salem and asking them to intervene. Wipe it out of mind.
You forget nothin' and forgive nothin'. This showed that he cared more about his belief than he did about his life. However, Proctor loses to Abigail and is condemned to be hanged. He believes that him committing adultery is a sin big enough to damage his character, Elizabeth becoming less trusting of him and publicly exposing his infidelity would only add insult to injury. Proctor also fought the court trying to keep them from convicting his spouse even though nobody else would dare to do.