21 January 2009
Integrity is a virtue, which can be described as the honesty of one’s own character and commitment to self-values. This can be connected to the characters within The Crucible through those who were accused of utilization of witchcraft. Some confessed when they were some did when they; however, were not guilty. Whether or not these people had integrity can be decided by life style and choices made by him/her throughout every day situations and circumstances.
There are quite a few ways to view a person’s integrity. Some qualities that a person of integrity possesses are honesty, the ability to adhere to a moral code, and loyalty to their own dogma and themselves. In The Crucible, a primary illustration of an individual with integrity is Elizabeth Proctor. Elizabeth shows her personal integrity when she refuses to persuade her husband to confess to crimes of witchcraft. She refuses because she believes that he is good now in God's light. God, to her, will show her the right way, and she believes that by following God's moral code she will be right and just. John Proctor, Elizabeth's husband, also shows his integrity when he refuses to confess to crimes of which he has been accused. Even though confessing would save his life, he won't confess to a crime he didn't commit. He knows that being dishonest isn't being loyal to his beliefs, and that if he admits to these crimes than he will be setting an example for all others who have been similarly accused.
In The Crucible, an example of not possessing integrity is also shown Dan forth, is the prime example of having no loyalty towards himself or his beliefs. Danforth convicts the citizens of being witches and sentences them to their various fates. When Danforth is asked to pardon the accused, he refuses saying that he can't because twelve have already hung for the same crime, and he refuses to let anyone off. Even...