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There is not one person in the world that does not have conflicts. The thing that makes conflicts different is the way that they are solved. The play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. In the play, John Proctor, a main character in the play, had many conflicts which eventually led him to his tragic death. He had conflicts with three characters in the play including his wife, Elizabeth Proctor. He also had a conflict with his ex-servant girl, Abigail. And last but no least he had a conflict within himself, as many people do.
Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor's wife, is one of the people that Mr. Proctor has a conflict with. John lost trust with his wife because he committed a crime so cold; he committed adultery (he cheated on his wife with another woman) with his ex-servant girl, Abigail. Knowing this, it has caused a trust issue which created a conflict between Elizabeth and John Proctor. Even when she found out about it and he told her that the affair was over she still had not learned to trust him. "Proctor: Spare Me! You forgot nothin' and forgive nothin'. Learn charity, woman. I have gone tiptoe in this house all seven months since she is gone. I have not moved from there to there without I think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral marches round your heard. I cannot speak but I am doubted, every moment judged for lies, as though I come into a court when I come into this house". (Miller 1065) This quote shows how he is fed up with his wife not trusting him, and how he feels, she judges him. "Elizabeth- you were alone with her." (Miller1065) John Proctor was alone with Abigail (his mistress) and did not tell his wife that they were alone. So when he said it, it came out basically as "yes honey I was alone with the women I cheated with" (not an actual quote) the conflict between the two could be considered a major trust issue.
John Proctor had an affair with his ex-servant girl, Abigail. John Proctor eventually wanted to end the affair, because of the obvious reason of him wanting to be a "good man". Abigail did not want to end the affair, she was still in love with John Proctor "Abigail: John I am waiting for you every night" (1045 Miller), she still wants to be with him.

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"Proctor: Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby". (Miller1069). This is a major conflict that needs to be solved because she still wants him and it seems as if she would do anything to get him back. When they were in court, if he tells the court about his relationship with Abigail they will dismiss all the things she said (part of the Salem Witch trials, supposable Abigail was a Witch but now is a saint, but Proctor knows that she was never a witch and he wants everyone to know that she is a fraud) Proctor told the judges that he is a lecher. "Proctor, trembling, his life collapsing about him: I have known her, Sir. I have known her." (Miller 1098). Judge Danforth asked "Danforth, blanched, in horror turning to Abigail: You deny every scrap and title of this." (Miller 1098). She denies it be saying "Abigail; If I must answer that I will leave and I will not come back again!" (Miller 1098) Lying is a very big way to have a conflict which would be hard to solve.
Seeing that John Proctor has a lot of conflicts one can say that she probably has problems within himself, which he does. When John and his wife were arguing he automatically felt that she was attacking him and judging him. "Elizabeth: I do not judge you; the magistrate sits in your heart that judges you. I never thought you but a good man. John- Only someone bewildered." (Miller 1098) As Elizabeth said it seems as if he blames and judges himself. Once he started judging himself, he started to feel insecure about himself. Which made him feel real defensive. John Proctor feels that he should blame his self for his wife's arrest (she is accused of being a witch) "Proctor: My wife will never die for me! I will bring your guts into your mouth but that goodness will not die for me!' (Miller 1098) John Proctor feels that he is not a Goodman, "Proctor: I cannot mount the gibber like a saint. It is a fraud I am, I am not that man. She is silent. My honesty is broke Elizabeth: I am no good man. Nothings spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long before." (Miller1013) Even thought he had conflicts within himself he figured he resolve the one with his wife (which also helps him resolve his conflict that is in him) by telling her that she did nothing wrong and he knows why she feels the way she does.
Conflict- Be in opposition 1.) A fight 2.) Sharp Disagreement. Many people in the world have conflicts and some of theses conflicts lead to death as it did for John Proctor. John Proctor had many conflicts and he had them specifically with three people. John proctor had a conflict with his wife Elizabeth Proctor. He had a conflict with his ex-servant girl Abigail. And last but not least John Proctor had a conflict within himself.


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