Who Is John Proctor's Dilemma In The Crucible

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The Crucible: Prompt 4 In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, John Proctor is a very multifaceted character. He is, as I see it, a tragic hero. He has sinned by the laws of the church that rules by a theocracy in his town, and yet also yearns until his last breath to make the decisions a good man would in order to set things right in his town. Throughout Acts I and II, John hides his past affair with Abigail Williams, a previous servant of his household. Abigail tries to get him to come back to her constantly, but John gives his love to his wife Elizabeth Proctor and shuts Abigail away. This leads John to the conclusion that the reason Abigail lies about witchcraft in Salem is because she wants Elizabeth Proctor dead to be with John…show more content…
He confesses his sin of adultery, all with the intention to save the lives of those he knew to be innocent at the expense of his innocence before the court of Salem. At the end of the play however, John himself is accused of witchcraft, and is faced with another moral decision. He must either must lie, and confess to a sin that he did not commit (that of witchcraft) and have this lie posted on the church door, or die for the sin of witchcraft that he did not commit. John wrestles with his conscience over this choice, and in the end, chooses to die telling the truth - that he is an honest man who did not commit witchcraft and told the truth no matter the consequences. He says, “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” (Miller, 62) John Proctor confesses everything in the name of justice, and cannot be spared himself unless he loses his good name. In conclusion, the way John Proctor gives everything in the name of honesty and doing the right thing whether the outcome is in his favor or not makes him heroic. I think of John Proctor as a man full with integrity through to the very end. Even though he had a sinful past, he remained honest and true in the end, in the name of saving the

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