The Crucible

Arthur Miller
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Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

15) Why doesn’t John Proctor save himself?

Instead of saving his own life, John Proctor chooses to guard his reputation and not accuse others of witchcraft. When John confesses to being guilty, Deputy Governor Danforth pressures John to name other people who might have sided with the devil. John refuses to do so, explaining, “I have three children—how may I teach them to walk like men in the world, and I sold my friends?” John also refuses to sign a written confession. John dies with his integrity intact.