John Proctor Is He a Good Man

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Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible” is set in the small American Town of Salem. Miller used his play to show the problems in America in the 1950s. Millers play is not historically accurate but the witch trials in Salem did happen. Paranoia and suspicion is what fuelled both the McCarthy witch hunts in the 1950s, to out communism in America, and the Salem witch trials in the 1692 , to remove the devil in Salem. Miller draws parallels between the naming of names in the play and those asked to give names in the USA in the 1950s when McCarthyism was taking place. Just like in the play, people would be arrested with very little evidence and it was very difficult to prove you were innocent once you were accused. One of the main characters is John Proctor, husband to Elizabeth Proctor and a feared, though respected member of this “New Jerusalem’s” community. John Proctor is a man who has some flaws, but also many good points to his personality. Various characters throughout the play highlight these differing aspects of Proctor’s personality. Proctor also presents various personality traits as the play progresses, but however at the end he emerges as a strong character who is essentially “good” and who is forgiven and forgives himself for his adultery with Abigail William's. Proctor’s physical description encourages us to see him in a particular way. In the play he is described as, “the kind of man-powerful of body, even-tempered, and not easily led”. Though Proctor is physically strong, it is soon apparent that his weakness comes from his relationship with Abigail. Not only did he commit adultery, which was and still is seen as immoral in a very religious community, but he also took advantage of a servant in his employ and abused the trust given him as an employer as well as the trust of his wife. This adulterous event is a pivotal issue in Proctor’s attitude towards
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