What Is the Shred of Goodness John Proctor Finds in Himself in Act Iv?
“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!” This speech is said by John Proctor near to the end of Act IV a moment before he tears up his confession; it is the moment where he finds the shred of goodness in himself. To understand how he finds it, we first need to understand the moral battle and journey the Proctor goes through.
John Proctor is easily identified as The Crucible’s protagonist. Proctor was a stand-up man who spoke his mind. His name was synonymous with honour and integrity within the community. Proctor …show more content…
The journey Proctor takes to regain his self-respect and to find that shred of goodness is a long one, but in the end Proctor is at peace with himself and realises that he is in fact a good man, he may not die as a saint but he is a far better man than those who are hanging