Honesty is described as being far or just; free of decit and untruthfulness or being sincere; truthful. The best policy is always honest. Today honesty should be one of the most important things in society, unfortunately not everyone is honest. In this book, nevertheless, honesty plays a crucial role. Farmer John Proctor, who is in his middle thirties, is married to Elizabeth Proctor. John is pretty much an even-tempered man. In Authur Miller's book The Crucible it is clearly shown that John Proctor is not an honest man. Proctor is not honest in that he cheats on his wife, he bluntly confesses that he lies, and he also lies about seeing the devil and his belief in witches. If the are not honest then they suffer greatly by death.
In The Crucible John Proctor cheats on his wife, and never told her until the end. The girl he cheats with is Abigail Williams who is only seventeen years old, not to mention Parris" niece. Proctor despises Parris greatly. Abigail Williams says, "I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion and you loved me then and you do now" (Miller 22). Later on Mr. Proctor admits to the court that he cheated on his wife. "I have known her, sir. I have known her." In other words, he cheated on his wife Elizabeth. Unfortunately, in the end Elizabeth finds out that Proctor cheated on her. .
In Miller's The Crucible John Proctor bluntly confesses that he lies. At the end Mr. Proctor is being tried for being a witch and right before he is going to be hung, he states, "Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies!." (143). Since Proctor said he lied, he will be put to death.
In The Crucible, Miller also shows that Proctor lies about seeing the devil when he really does not. "A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it is my face.,." (120). Also, Mr. Procter lies about his belief in witches.