To save Elizabeth and protect himself from an inevitable accusation of witchcraft, Proctor must tear down his name and condemn himself for the crime of lechery. In some cases one might portray these feelings and emotions in a bizarre form and it becomes a disorder or a mental problem. His self-preservation is motivated by his paranoia that the presence of evil is there to destroy him.
Signed by Mary, it states that she lied in court. Mary Warren enters with Proctor, and Parris warns him that Proctor is mischief. By deflecting blame onto others, this protects them from condemnation since they helped to expose others engaged with the supernatural.
Her character includes both superiority and resentment throughout the play so far and the way she does it shows that she is rebelling against the compressed society I have no tongue for it.
During the conflict, others apart from Abigail also behave in their best interest. Conflict can cause people to act in a desperate manner in order to protect themselves.
Proctor signs the confession, but when Danforth tries to take it, he snatches it back, voicing the above lines. The voices from the psalm led by Parris travel upstairs.
He knows from the beginning that witchcraft is vengeance of an adulteress Abigail. Citizens of Salem were utilizing the court system as a means of "extermination" for people who had interests or beliefs, that were contradictory to their own Hale says it is, since Parris told him so the first night he arrived in Salem.