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In the final act of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, the theme of pride comes forth especially in the character of John Proctor, who has been in jail for three months and is slated to die on that very day. Proctor's wife is brought to the jail so that she might persuade him not to throw "his life away for pride."
After conversing with his wife briefly, John Proctor decides that he will confess and so he confesses that he has seen the Devil and that the Devil had commanded him "to do his work upon the earth".
When the authorities demand that Proctor sign his confession, however, he finds he cannot bring himself to do that. He is willing to lose his life, but he will not lose his name:
"God does not need my name nailed upon the church! God sees my name, God knows how black my sins are!"
Thus, Proctor is led off to his death. Despite the pleas of Parris and Hale that Proctor's wife plead with him to reconsider and save himself, Proctor will not sign the confession. As the play approaches its conclusion, Hale declares, "It is pride, it is vanity."
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