The Morality Of John Proctor

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The Morality of John Proctor One of the most important traits in admirable people is that they stand up for what they believe in. This is true for all notable characters in history, such as Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and many, many others. Even through severe oppression and public disapproval, they stood up for themselves to the very end. Before the events of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” happened, John Proctor had an affair with Abigail Williams. The act of adultery is a sin, directly violating the Commandment which states “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. At the time of the 17th century, the quality of life was still poor, and one’s main possessions were his family, farm, reputation, and religion. John Proctor did not falsely confess to witchcraft because he could not stand the blackening of his name and believed firmly in stand up to the truth. He can’t imagine how he would “teach [his children] to walk like men in the world” when their own father betrayed his friends by not standing up for himself. Proctor knows that the only way to stop the witch hysteria and mob mentality in the town from destroying him is to confess to witchcraft. Despite that, he would rather die than see his name and reputation blackened by Danforth and the whole town knowing he signed a pact with Satan. From his decision to withdraw his confession, we see that Proctor is a man who sticks firmly to his beliefs and religion. Proctor isn’t as religious as the rest of the town, in that he doesn’t attend church every Sunday. This creates a suspicion about Hale and the town that he is somewhat anti-religious, which is increased when Mary gives in to the mass hysteria of the town and finally accused John Proctor of witchcraft. In conclusion, John Proctor is an honorable man who died for his name and the reputation of his family. He would not live with the shame

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