There are many aspects of Arthur Miller's The Crucible that make it a good moral story. Just one of those, is how to obtain a life of freedom from all guilt. John Proctor succeeded in doing just that. There were multiple things he did to finally become free with himself, but there were only three major ones. John Proctor achieved his freedom right before he died when he refused to sign the fake confession, when he made his peace with God, and when he showed his love for his wife Elizabeth.
John Proctor had always tried to keep a good reputation, but when he protected it with his life, he had the utmost care for it. Just like when he told the judges, "Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies"(240)! He would rather die than sign something that would dirty his name forever. The town's people know he accepts the consequence of death when he says, "I can. And there's your first marvel, that I can. You have made your magic now, for now I think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor"(240). John Proctor respected the quality of his name over the quality of his life.
Throughout the story, John Proctor has something against going to church and accepting the lord as his savior. He settles his peace with the lord near the end. He says, "I confess to God and God has seen my name on this"(239)! He than continues to tell them, "God does not need my name nailed upon the church! God sees my name; God .
knows how black my sins are"(239)! He made his peace with God soon enough before he died. He had no other grievances with the lord. .
John Proctors last guilt was removed when he let Elizabeth know he really did care for her. Throughout the novel he would say little things like "I mean to please you Elizabeth", and when he stands up for he when she is accused. Even though she is mad at him for his suspicious relationship with Abigail, she knows he loves her.