John Proctor: Good or Bad?

531 Words3 Pages
John Proctor The conflict between Good and Evil has been a prominent theme throughout Mankind. These struggling entities, whether internal or external, are definitely apparent in the last days of John Proctor’s life. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, John Proctor has two combating forces, good and evil, tugging on each side of him. Although the exertion causes him confusion and leads him to wonder which side to fight with, he chooses the right path.
Salem, Massachusetts in the late 17th century was full of hysteria about witches casting spells, spirits being conjured, and the devil influencing the townspeople. Accusations of witchcraft, for personal vengeance, hurled fellow citizens into jail for eventual execution. The greedy were taking neighbors land once their innocent blood was spilled for crimes of witchery. John Proctor disliked the court’s lack of justice, and thought that the spreaders of the lies only did it to get what they wanted. All he wanted was for fair trials to be conducted and evidence to be looked for, because he was a very just individual and when a debate of who had authority he said “we vote by name in this society, not by acreage” (1. 28).
John committed adultery with one of his maidservants, Abigail Williams. When questioned about the emotion that John displayed toward Abby, he said “the promise that a stallion gives a mare I gave that girl”, basically, it was only out of instinct. Proctor really
Bates 2 regretted, and felt very upset for his cheating on Elizabeth. When Abigail later tried to get John to give her a soft word, he boldly replied “no, no, Abby. That’s done with”(1. 22) which is why, after a long discussion, Elizabeth concluded “I never thought you but a good man”(2. 55). Yet it was not enough for just his wife to think John a good man; he had a reputation as an upright individual in the town. Many people only saw his

More about John Proctor: Good or Bad?

Open Document