As time elapses, several more honorable natures of Proctor are revealed, including his boldness and his lack of fear of physical tribulation; however, one of the most forefront features that poses as a risk and a threat to Proctor’s relationships is his incapacity to forgive himself. John Proctor has had a frenzied history with breaking the law of chastity--having an affair with another woman named Abigail--and his wife, Elizabeth, could sense at least some sort of disunion in their relationship, declaring “John, you are not open with me. You saw [Abigail] with a crowd…” The embarrassment and guilt that John felt because of those few moments of lustful actions followed with John til the day he died, and he could not find himself able to pardon his own mistakes. His inability to forgive himself ultimately results in his own heroic death, and the cavity in John and Elizabeth's marriage that comes from this deficiency of self-compassion dramatically influence his actions throughout The Crucible. Throughout each act, John Proctor made major decisions that affected nearly everyone in the town of Salem and brought a voice of sanity and logic to the broken and corrupted
John Proctor is a very good man or he seems like a very good man. He is hardworking, nice guy, never lies or people thought he was that guy. In my opinion, he wants to be thought of a great guy and he is, but up until he makes a very bad life decision with Abigail. At one point he was possibly bored with his good wife, Elizabeth. As the book goes on, Abigail gains power in Salem and people that live there view her as a saint. John has no worry about what is happening in Salem. His reputation is good still, but his wife knows what he and Abigail did, but as nice as Elizabeth is she has forgiven him. When Abigail has power and she is running around Salem accusing people, she accused Mrs. Proctor. John goes to Salem, sees what is going on and talked to Abigail. John is mad, it was just Abigail and him alone, she confesses that she just wants to get John to
Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, is a statement to the 17th century witchcraft. The Crucible renders John Proctor as a puritan, a husband, and a highly respected man. His name is his prime possession. John Proctor is a farmer and a villager who is faced with intense dilemma. He also commits adultery, which becomes his tragic flaw. Therefore he is to make a decision to tell the truth and ruin his name or lie and save his most prized possession. By this John Proctor is portrayed as an honest, tenacious, and faithful man.
John Proctor a well-respected man in the city of Salem has a deep secret that plays a major role later on in the story. He had an intimate affair with a younger single girl named Abigail which he regrets greatly. Proctor shows his disgust when he argues with Abigail by insisting, “Abby I never give you hope to wait for me” (page168). Proctor exclaims that he surely regrets his sin and doesn’t want Abigail to think that he loves her and not his own wife. Although Proctor may still have feelings about Abigail he reassures her that he will never have emotional relationships with her ever again. He had the ultimate opportunity to get back at Abigail and stop the witch trials from happening when he meets Abigail alone in the woods; upon their encounter she confesses to John, “We were dancing in the woods last night and my uncle leaped in ...
Arthur Miller writes about the tragic results of human failings in his play, The Crucible. He presents characters from the past and infuses them with renewed vitality and color. Miller demonstrates the horrifying results of succumbing to personal motives and flaws as he writes the painful story of the Salem witch trials. Not only do the trials stem from human failings but also from neglect of moral and religious considerations of that time. Characters begin to overlook Puritan values of thrift and hope for salvation. Focusing on the flawed characters, they begin to exhibit land lust, envy of the miserable and self-preservation.
Proctor, a farmer, has an affair with Abigail Williams, which ultimately leads to his downfall. Abigail mistakes the affair for true love and being the leader of the group of girls that are accusing others of witchcraft; she uses this to accuse his wife, Elizabeth. The affair also causes Elizabeth to distrust John, who for seven months has been trying to get into her good graces and is tired of her suspicion. He bluntly tells her “...I have not moved from there to there without I think to please you...I cannot speak but I am doubted, every moment judged for lies...”(52). This illustrates John's perseverance in attempting to redeem himself for his sin, but because of John's inability to control his desire and resist temptation, his life is being turned upside down by the jealousy and need for revenge of Abigail. This event marks Proctor’s downfall and path to becoming a tragic hero.
The issues of power, that Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, portrays are concerned with, who has the power, the shifts of power that take place and how power can consume people and try to abuse it, for either vengeance, jealously, material gain or sexual desire.
The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is a play that takes place in the sixteen nineties during the famous but tragic witch trials. The entire community is in pandemonium yet certain characters are also fighting internal conflicts. Miller uses three characters that manifest this internal battle ever so clearly: Mary Warren whose whole world turns upside down, John Proctor who must weigh the importance of his family against his reputation and Reverend Hale who must decide whether to do his job, or do what he knows to be right.
John Proctor grows to be the hero of the story and his decision regarding pleading guilty to witchcraft and living with that lie; in contrast with not confessing, in which case he would be put to death. His ultimate decision assists Millers’ emphasis on the choices pertaining to betrayal. Proctor arrives in a point in his life where he is debating with himself the repercussions of betrayal to himself compared to betrayal of those citizens prior to him who were accused of witchcraft and died repectfully in his mind, as exemplary Christians. He disputes internally with himself and eventually decides that to die confident in ...
The characters John Proctor strongly represents the forces of Good in The Crucible. John Proctor the main protagonist; a blunt, likable, kind man, made a crucial mistake that set in motion the plot of the play. He had an affair with Abigail Williams, who was jealous of his wife. When the witch trials start, John realizes that he can stop Abigail’s evil plot if he confesses to their adultery. He first tries to name Abigail as a fraud but the attempt fails. John, seeing no other option, blurts out his confession which would ruin his image forever. “She used to serve me in my house, sir. A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now. I beg you-see her what she is (Miller102).” In the end of The Crucible, John fully redeems himself by refusing to sign a false confession, that would have ensured his survival. His wife Elizabeth stated that he had his ‘goodness’ back in the end. “He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him (Miller
John Proctor had a tragic flaw which was a lust for sex, which eventually leads to an affair with Abigail and him being indirectly accused. Before the book took place John Proctor and Abigail had an affair with each other. This eventually led to Abigail being fired by the Proctors. John Proctor loses all interests in her and Mrs. Proctor forgives him, but at different parts of the play John still shows feeling for lust. “Proctor: gently pressing her from him, with great sympathy but firmly” (Miller 22). This action by Proctor describes that he is still physically attracted to her because he is still showing sympathy for Abigail and they were pressing up against each other sexually. At the end of the scene he starts to fight with Abigail and she gets upset. “Abigail: saw your face when she put me out, and you lov...
John Proctor’s devotion to his religion gives him a choice between to do whats right or to save his life by succumbing to the pressure to confess falsely. Many problems arise, including his alleged affair with Abigail Williams. John is on his way back home when Abigail stops him in the woods and tries to seduce him....
John Proctor was a man who had internal conflicts that tested his moral values. In the beginning of the book the fact that he has feelings for a Mrs. Abigail Williams is brought to light when Proctor and his wife, Elizabeth are having a conversation: “
John prioritizes how he as well as his family is viewed by others more than anything else. Much of his reasoning behind his actions is that of protecting his family’s image. This directly ties into this affair with Abigail. Proctor does not want his affair with Abby to be exposed to the other members of Salem, or even his own wife. Knowing that John does not want his reputation to be tarnished, Abby is able to make much bolder claims without the concern of Proctor revealing her true intentions. Ultimately, John reveals to the court that he did commit adultery with Abigail, thus disgracing his clean reputation. ”She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore's vengeance, and you must see it now.” (III.374-384) Proctor overcomes his lust for Abigail by confessing what he knows will crush his public image. He does this not to preserve his own reputation, but instead to protect his wife, as well as his
The Crucible, a play by the famous playwright Arthur Miller, retells the story of the witch trials occurring in Salem during the seventeen century. Between lies, deceiving and treachery, Salem was the place of a relatively massive genocide solely based upon unproved facts and accusations. However, the real message being the story is something else altogether as The Crucible is an allegory denouncing McCarthyism. The present written task will focus on the following question “If the text had been written in a different time or place or language or for a different audience, how and why might it differ?” Based on the context of this literary piece, we will therefore see how a text might change based on time period, the setting and the language used in the play The Crucible and the audience for which it was written. The aim of this task is also to visualize the reasons for these differences if the changes occur.