John Procter in the Play the Crucible

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In the play, “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, John Procter is seen by many to be a hero. However, he is also viewed as a vain and egotistical because of the choices he makes throughout the play. Miller’s play I set, in 1692, in Salem, in a puritanical environment in which religion and law were the same. Procter an individual, comes into conflict with this society that demands conformity. The following will be discussed: the puritanical society; the factors that make Procter an individual; the choices Procter makes and finally the possibility of seeing him in a positive or negative light. The puritan society was a theocratic community in which religions leaders were the leading men of the community. It was a judgemental society in which all forms of fun such as dancing and singing were forbidden. Puritans were obsessed with sin and damnation. They feared the devil and encouraged prying into the lives of their neighbours. It was this that resulted in the girls “crying out” to implicate members of the community. When Procter is first introduced, he is described as a man who has “a sharp and biting way with hypocrites.” He is also described as “not easily led.” This foreshadows the conflict that will arise between Procter and the authorities in the community. Procter is “respected and even feared in Salem.” When Procter goes to get information about Betty’s ill health he is drawn in to conversation with Parris. It is clear he despises him and askes, “I may speak my heart I think.” Procter is critical of Parris and for this reason he stays away from the church as well as fails to have one of his sons baptized. He tells hale, “I see no light of god in that man. I will not conceal it.” Procter realizes from the beginning that the girls are pretending about the witchcraft and decides to isolate himself from the village. Procter decides to remove himself from the rest of

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