The Crucible Act IV Quotes explained

Elizabeth Proctor “He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!”ContextHale has just asked Elizabeth to convince John to save himself. Elizabeth says this right at the end of the play. John has struggled with the question of whether to lie in order to save his life. He has finally decided that he will not lie.At that point, he finally feels good about himself. He had always questioned whether he was really a good person. Now he finally has done something that has convinced him that he is.So Elizabeth doesn’t want to tell him to lie to save himself. She knows this would take away the feeling of goodness. She thinks it would be better for him to die feeling good about himself than to live and still think of himself as no good.l
John Proctor “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 me my name!Proctor utters these lines at the end of the play, in Act IV, when he is wrestling with his conscience over whether to confess to witchcraft and thereby save himself from the gallows. The judges and Hale have almost convinced him to do so, but the last stumbling block is his signature on the confession, which he cannot bring himself to give
John Proctor “I speak my own sins,I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it.”ContextJohn Proctor who had decided to save his own life by confessing to witchcraft refuses to accuse anyone else.Proctor is willing to lie about himself to save his lifeā€”but he is not willing to lie about his friends, publicly or otherwise, and so he goes to his death.
Elizabeth Proctor “It come to naught that I should forgive you, if you’ll not forgive yourself.”Elizabeth’s forgiveness makes John Proctor want to keep on living, even if he must live dishonestly. He decides to confess.
Rev. Hale “For if he is taken I count myself his murderer.”
Gov. Danforth “Postponement now speaks a floundering on my part; reprieve or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till now.”
Rev. Parris “Tonight, when I open my door to leave my house – a dagger clattered to the ground….There is danger for me.”Towards the end of the play, Parris realizes that the townspeople are sick of the killing and will turn on him.
Rev. Parris
Tituba ” It’s you folks–you riles him up ’round here; it be too cold ’round here for that Old Boy.”
Elizabeth Proctor “Suspicion kissed you when I did.”
Rev. Hale “Shall dust praise him? Shall the worms declare his truth?”
Rev. Hale “There is blood on my head!”
John Proctor
Reverend Hale I came into this village like a bridegroom to his beloved, bearing gifts of high religion… and what I touched with my high confidence, it died; and where I turned the eye of my great faith, blood flowed up.” (Act 4)It was Reverend Hale who said that quote in the novel “The Crucible.” At one point, Reverend Hale tries to manipulate Elizabeth into making John confess. He would much rather put Proctor to death, being only one person, than let the trial continue, and kill many more innocent people. He realizes his part in the whole affair and is trying to save lives in the only way possible. “Reverend Hale was an intellectual, confident man, who became a desperate minister in the end. The three strongest characteristics of Reverend Hale’s change are his self-confidence, his reliance on knowledge, and his desire to save people.

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