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xxga-bayxx | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 18, 2009 at 10:19 AM via web

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I need help with this question: in "The Crucible," act 4. Describe what Proctor appears to value at the end of the play.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 18, 2009 at 10:24 AM (Answer #1)

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At the end of "The Crucible," what John Proctor appears to value more than anything is his own integrity.  He decides that his integrity is more important to him than his life.

At first, in this act, he had decided he was going to confess to witchcraft so he wouldn't be executed and wouldn't leave his wife a widow and leave their unborn child without a father.

But finally, after talking to his wife, Elizabeth, and after seeing Rebecca Nurse go to be executed without trying to get out of it, he decides that it's more important to be honest.

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