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The Crucible - John Proctor, a man with pride

John Proctor plays the leading role in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. He was persistent, honest, and full of integrity. He was simply, a man with pride. A wise woman once said, "Do what you feel in your heart to be right--for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't." (Eleanor Roosevelt). Proctor was the protagonist of the dramatic piece of literature.

When the play sets in to action, John has had a past affair with his servant Abigail Williams. His wife, Elizabeth Proctor is very forgiving of his sin, but John has his mind set that he will not confess to anyone else, in fear of ruining his good name, and reputation. The affair between John and Abigail caused the start of chaotic witchery and accusation. After the affair, Abigail became horribly jealous of Elizabeth Proctor. Proctor realizes there is only one way to stop all the witch hysteria in Salem, and that would be to confess his sin of adultery. Although he knows he should, he continues to be determined not to confess. Also in the beginning Reverend Paris is new to town, and John insist continually that he is only speaking of hell, and hardly ever of God, as Proctor goes on to say to Parris, "Can you speak one minute without we land in Hell again? I am sick of Hell!" (Miller 30). In the drama, Mary Warren places a needle in a poppet she gave to Elizabeth; John firmly demands that Mary Warren tell the courts that she really put the needle in the poppet that day. Proctor says to her, "You're coming to the court with me, Mary. You will tell it in the court." (Miller 80). Furthermore, at the end of the play Proctor is persistent by saying that no matter what anyone says to convince him differently, he would rather die an honest man and save his name. John Proctor took pride in his thoughts, feelings, values, and his name. It took persistency to make his intent clear to others.

For many reasons, John Proctor is an honest man. By no means is Proctor afraid to tell you what is on his mind.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how john proctor played the leading role in arthur miller's the crucible. he was persistent, honest, and full of integrity.
  • Analyzes how john's affair with his servant abigail williams caused chaotic witchery and accusation in salem, and how he was determined not to confess his sin of adultery.
  • Analyzes how john proctor is an honest man. he confesses his sin of adultery to the courts to stop the frenzy in salem.
  • Analyzes how proctor's decision is not an easy one to make. he respects and stands up for his fellow neighbors.
  • Opines that john proctor died for his name and many other reasons. he was a man of pride and possessed the qualities of persistence, honesty, and integrity.
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