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After Elizabeth speaks with Proctor at Reverend Hale’s request, Proctor decides to save his own life with a confession. He confesses in the presence of the court officials, but this is not enough to satisfy Danforth. Danforth requires that he sign his name on a confession.
Hale pleads to Danforth, stating his confession is good enough without signing. Proctor becomes outraged that he has to sign his name and tears up the confession, refusing to give up his good name. This act seals Proctor’s fate and at the end of the play he is taken to be hanged.
Another note you might want to consider is this: In some of the different printings of The Crucible there is an explanation about Abigail, and there should be as she is a major character.
It portrays Abigail as skipping town and running away to Boston. Rumor has it that she boards a ship to get away.
Another important note is that as Elizabeth and John share their last words, the magistrates prepare to call her back in for a final set of questions. When she arrives they wonder why she can't get him to confess, and she responds, "He have his goodness now." This is one of the most crucial lines in the whole play as it portrays his redemption in the act of knowingly going to his death.
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