Crucible Characters Essay

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John Proctor- John plays the hero in “The Crucible”, a very blunt, honest and confident man. He is a farmer that has his own land in Salem, although he is very well spoken and seems to be educated. Even though John has very good morals and treats others with respect, he has a dark secret. He has had an affair with Abigail Williams. When the trial begins at the court after the girls have accused the first town’s people as witches, Proctor does not come forward and say he believes the girls are liars because he know Abigail will confess she had an affair with him. John does not want his family name to be spoiled. He waits out the trial to see what will happen. He finally tells Hale in act 2 what he thinks of the girls and witchcraft. Hale seems to somewhat leaning more towards Johns’ thoughts and starting to question if the girls are truthful. As the story goes on and more people have been hung and accused of dealing with the devil John finally confesses in front of an open court that he has had an affair with Abigail by calling her a “whore”. This demonstrates how John can be sometimes loose control of his emotions. But it is too late because things have gone to far and instead of proving Abigail and the girls wrong he just gets himself arrested. In the final act, after all John has been through he still keeps his head held high when asked to sign the document that states he admits to witch craft. He does not want to do it because he does not want to lie and have his life, he would rather die a truthful man. Abigail Williams- Abigail is clearly the villain in this book. She has sent 19 people to their deaths, manipulated the high court and turned a whole town upside down, all because she didn’t get what she wanted. Abigail had an affair with John but John had realized how sinful it was so he stopped seeing Abigail. Abigail has fancied Proctor for a long time now
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