Csilverman blog 10

WIlliam Wallace in the movie Braveheart made many sacrifices for the people of Scotland’s freedom.  At the end of the film Wallace is brought before the English magistrates and tried for high treason. He denies the charges, declaring that he had never accepted Edward as his King.  The court responds by sentencing him to be “purified by pain.” Later, in a London square, William Wallace is tortured to death, being hanged, racked, and disemboweled. The magistrate offers him a quick death in exchange for a plea for mercy. Due to  Wallace’s display of courage, the Londoners watching the execution begin to yell for mercy to be given. William signals to the magistrate that he wishes to speak. Using the last strength in his body, he cries, “Freedom!” and turns his head, seeing Murron in the crowd smiling at him as he is beheaded. This shows that WIlliam Wallace was willing to sacrifice his life for something that he believed was more important then himself living. WIlliam Wallace reminds me of John Proctor in the epic movie The Crucible.

John Proctor was a man who committed adultery by cheating on his wife with Abigail Williams. It tears him up inside that he committed this sin and he cannot forgive himself for his actions. However the one good thing that he has is is good name and the respect and integrity associated with it. He dreads revealing his sin because guilt and regret already overwhelm him and he believes a public display of his wrongdoing only intensifies the extent of his sin, thereby multiplying his guilt. Proctor’s decision to tell the court about his affair ironically demonstrates his goodness. He willingly sacrifices his good name in order to protect his wife. Only through his public acknowledgment of the affair does Proctor regain his wife’s trust. At the end of the play, Proctor refuses to slander himself by allowing the court to nail his false confession to the church door. This action further exemplifies Proctor’s integrity. Proctor knows that he will damn himself, yet again, if he agrees to confess. Although he wants to live, escaping death is not worth basing the remainder of his life on a lie. This realization, along with Elizabeth’s forgiveness, enables Proctor to forgive himself and finally regain his good name and self-respect. In conclusion he is brought to the gallows and hung to death, but for the first time in a very long time finds peace with himself and his family.

 

 

 

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