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Arthur Millers allegorical play The Crucible set in Salem 1692 and Jim Sheridans film In the Name of the Father 1993 set in 1970s Belfast are two texts in which the protagonists John Proctor and Gerry Conlon respectively uphold the traditional notions of a hero Proctor is a farmer struggling to sustain his morals against a parochial authority and Gerry is a turbulent youth seeking purpose in life Despite the different contexts they both embark on a similar journey involving conflicts concerning a corrupt authority having been unjustly incarcerated and their character - self-hatred and lack of self-respect Ultimately these heroes are respected for enduring a difficult journey and for their determination to resolve their conflicts following an intense struggle Proctor enters the play a sinner with a perpetual conflict searching a remedy for his contrition and self-hatred caused by his lechery Believing he has betrayed his own vision of decent conduct and having a biting way with hypocrites John condemns himself no less harshly than he condemns others In Act 2 this struggle is clearly established by Elizabeths words It is the magistrate in your heart that judges you Also evident with his initial reluctance to confront the courts to avoid publishing his sin I know I cannot keep itIll think on it is the value John places on his reputation His reaction to this contest between his name and his morality he turns away a little in great agony also implies the difficultly it poses However Proctor overcomes this struggle thereby publishing his adultery with the realization that his reputation is worthless compared his wife and his morality my wife will never die for me These inner struggles culminate to a crucial dilemma to either retain his life by falsely confessing or preserve his principles by adhering to innocence His subsequent line to his initial confession What is John Proctor reveals the aguish he suffers as he feels he has lost his integrity
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