How John Proctor's Character Changes In The Crucible

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In this intense novel, a man by the name of John Proctor is barely involved in the Salem Witchcraft Trials and is a much liked man in the town. Once he admits of to cheating on his wife and confessing to witchcraft, his good reputation is over and soon done with. Throughout the novel, he has changed tremendously, from a well respected secret man to a brave loving husband. His actions in the beginning were speculative and unlawful, but as he soon realizes what he’s done, he risks his good reputation for himself and the ones he truly love. In the beginning, John Proctor has done something he very much regrets, which was having a small affair with one of the Salem girls, Abigail Williams. His wife, Elizabeth Proctor, suspects it with a…show more content…
“Proctor, laughs insanely, then: A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it is my face and yours, Danforth!... God damns our kind especially, and we will burn, we will burn together!” (Miller 119-120). He lies to everyone about for the same reason as to why he confessed to adultery: for the love of his wife. He wants to be with her, and if she dies, he wants to die with her. In the end of Act Four, he and Elizabeth talk about their love for each other and both agree that they want John to live, and tells Danforth. Danforth is somewhat shocked, but he basically said if he wants to live, he has to sign a paper of John admitting to witchcraft, and then hang it on the church’s door. John agrees but as he tries to signs it, he cannot, only because he knows he didn’t do anything and he doesn’t want his name ruined in the town. “Proctor: I have confessed myself! Is there no good penitence but it to be public? God does not need my name nailed upon the church! God sees my name; God knows how black my sins are! It is enough!” (Miller 142). What John has done, has lead him to his death. He is hung after he has said this. He dies because of a lie, and because he does not sign the paper. John Proctor’s actions have very much changed from the beginning to the end. He has made bad decisions but has also made great ones. He has very much progressed throughout this novel, and has transformed as well. He changes from a lecherous man who is uninvolved in the Salem Trials to a loving husband who dies for admitting for

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