The tragic hero of the story John Proctor also exemplifies hypocrisy.When asked to recite his commandment Proctor whether intentionally or forgetfully fails to mention “thou shall not commit adultery.” Proctor claimed to be man of god even though his prior sins with Abigail violated this very commandment.
In a Puritan civilization, the amount of power the Church and the court had on the citizens was unfair.
The Church was depended on to make laws and the court acted as a threat and intimidated civilians to obey the laws.
It was John Proctors reluctance to get involved that led to the downfall of him as well as the Another instance of hypocrisy committed by a character during the play is when Abigail opened herself to Jesus. I want the light of god, I want the sweet love of Jesus,” in these lines Abigail is claiming that she is rid of the devils power over her and she would like to come back to the good graces of god (Miller, 189).
In reality Abigail’s outcry was in no way a declaration of herself to god but rather a deceitful objection to make the appearance of innocence in front of the unknowing spectators.
“You misunderstand, sir; I cannot pardon these when twelve are already hanged for the same crime. Also, Abigail allows innocent people to be tried and sometimes even hanged without a chance to defend themselves. Think you to be so mighty that the power of Hell may not turn your wits? First, the Priest of the community was in charge of making and distributing laws.
Her main reason was to prove the hypocrisy within the town. Because of their position, the laws are based from the bible.
Hypocrisy is one of the more common flaws of people.
At one point or another we will all experience a hypocrite, someone who decrees certain values without following those values themselves.
He believed he was being persecuted wherever he went, despite his best efforts to win people and God to his side…He felt insulted if someone rose to shut the door without first asking his permission” (Miller 1).
Parris, as the leader of the Church, defiled his position. Parris was a selfish man who only cared about his reputation.