John Proctor Essays

  • Is John Proctor an Honorable Man?

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    Even though he had the affair, we see John tell Abigail that he had made a mistake. This shows that John Proctor recognized that he had done wrong, and he set out to rectify it. Not only did he try to rectify it, Elizabeth also admitted that it was partly her fault that John turned away from her. John Proctor does have problems with his wife Elizabeth, in both the book and movie. From this you could take that he is not honorable because he is troubling his spouse, but in the book it shows Proctor working

  • John Proctor as a Tragic Hero

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    This is a problem because if he wants to save everyone he has to sign his name to a piece of paper saying that he is a witch but he cannot do that because he is to proud of his name to tarnish it with such a thing, and in return he dies and cannot save the community. John proctor is a tragic hero in the novel The Crucible because he won’t let himself ruin his name. Edward Murray says “John Proctor is a physically powerful, distrustful of authority, and strong willed. Struggling against his own fears and guilt, reshaped by a new understanding of self at the end of the play.” In this quote Edward is saying that John is a strong willed person that struggles against his own fears. Meaning that he wants to save the community by admitting to everyone that Abigail is just trying to get back at Elizabeth, but his own fears of what the people will then think of him is holding him back from being the savior of the community.

  • Proctor as a Moral Vehicle in 'The Crucible'

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    Proctor's reason for attempting to avoid any involvement in the Salem Witch Trials is provoked by his earlier mistake of committing adultery with Abigail Williams. Proctor's guilt results in moral questions he must answer for himself in the midst of the town's hysteria, creating a wedge between him and his society. Miller displays this separation through the use of indirect characterization, internal conflict, and external conflict. Proctor's otherwise principled life is haunted by his mistake, eventually leading to his demise. Procter's guilt, stemming from his lechery, causes him to become hesitant to speak publicly because of his fear that he will reveal himself as an adulterer.

  • The Great Dilemma of John Proctor in 'The Crucible'

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    The Great Dilemma John Proctor, the tragic hero of The Crucible written by Arthur Miller, has the mind of an honest man, but he also has a hidden secret—his act of adultery with Abigail Williams (Reverend Parris’s niece). Her obvious jealousy, emphasized by Proctor’s ending of their affair, gives the inspiration for the witch trials; Proctor then accepts some of the responsibility for what events happen. He feels that the only way to end Abigail and the other girls from their lies is to plead guilty to his adultery. Proctor abstains for a long period of time from admitting his sin, however, for the sake of his own good name and his wife’s honor. Eventually, Proctor’s efforts to expose Abigail as a fraud without revealing the vital information about their affair fail, and he makes a public confession of his sin.

  • Analysis of Act II Scene II of 'The Crucible'

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    Al Johri Ms. Hamilton English III Honors 14 September 2009 In Arthur Miller's classic play, the Crucible, Act II, Scene II was deliberately removed. This scene largely consisted of a heated conversation between the two protagonists of the play, Abigail Williams and John Proctor. At first, Abigail believes that Proctor has finally come to marry her; however, this misconception is cleared when Proctor releases his wrath upon her due to Abigail's baseless accusation of witchcraft upon his wife, Elizabeth. As the scene progresses, the reader sees how Abigail becomes so wrapped up in her lies and witchcraft, consequently diminishing her intelligence, and what little respect she had in the reader's eyes. The reason the scene was cut from the play lies in both the significance of the conversation and what it revealed about the John Proctor in terms of his affair and his character.

  • John Proctor's Experience

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    Crucible Essay In the story of "The Crucible", John Proctor, the play's tragic hero faces a lot of difficulties, but ultimately forgives his faults. Even before the start of the play, he faces difficulties, by having an affair with a woman named Abigail Williams who is the play's antagonist, which his wife doesn't approve of. Abigail Williams creates all this havoc in the play, to get with John Proctor. Although John Proctor cheats on his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, he is depicted as an honest and hard-working individual. The fact that he cheat on Elizabeth doesn't mean he didn't love or respect her greatly.

  • Belonging in Relationships: Analyzing 'The Crucible'

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    A feeling of belonging depends on a strong relationship, developed over a period of time. To what extent do you support this viewpoint In the play the crucible the town of Salem is segregated into those who have been accused of witchcraft and those who follow the church which also acts as the legislative body. This witchcraft hysteria brought by the young girls blinds Salem and causes the execution of many. Abigails adulterous acts with proctor shows the individual potential to damage relationships and push people into a sense of not belonging. Proctors actions made him not belong to the town for he was a sinner and had gone against the church.

  • The Crucible by Aurther Miller

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    Each character makes a contribution to the hysteria of Salem in 1602. A man who believed in his religion but a man with a flaw which he gained by cheating on his wife is John Proctor. He kept it to himself until his wife Goody Proctor is accused of witch craft. He admits publicly he had relations with Abigail Williams to stop hysteria. Being a strong individual backfires and ends up being accused for witch craft.

  • Integrity In The Crucible

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    He died February 10, 2005. In this story a man was put to test to see what he valued more life or his beliefs. Integrity is a crucial theme in The Crucible and it is a big struggle for many of the characters in the story. The fact is that if they did show integrity and claimed the had not made a pact with the devil they were seen as liars and would hang for being witches,  but when they would “confess” to trafficking with the devil they would be jailed. Though lying is a sin, many villagers chose to set aside their beliefs and “confess” to these allegations of witchery.

  • The Crucible and Macbeth Critical Lens

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    Differing world views and reactions to situations are evident in Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, set in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600s. The play’s protagonist, John Proctor, sees the underlying sins of his Puritanic community, including his own, amidst a righteous veneer. Regretting his recent affair with young Abigail Williams, Proctor sees little goodness in both himself and the world in general. Abigail Williams, Proctor’s mistress, on the other hand, has a completely different view of the world – seeing it as a playground to gain power and get what she wants, John Proctor. When Abigail creates hysteria over witchcraft that sweeps over Salem, she views the situation as a chance to lie and manipulate to achieve her goals, while John Proctor sees through Abigail’s deceit and views the situation as a childish stunt that could get many innocent townspeople hurt.

  • English 3U Debate Essay

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    He abuses her when he becomes infuriated and is extremely sexist while doing so. This does not seem like an admirable character to me. John Proctor is seen throughout the play as a courageous character that stands for what he believes in. however, he committed adultery with Abigail and never truly loses his affection for her, only blocks her out. And when he tries to convince the court that the witch trials are a hoax, he is only doing so to seek revenge on Abigail.

  • The Crucible Movie Review

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    John Proctor had made many mistakes in his life, but his biggest mistake was having an affair with Abigail. This affair causes him so much trouble throughout the play because he doesn’t want to ruin his reputation. For example, when his wife Elizabeth tells him that he should tell the judges about Abigail’s confession of all of this witchcraft nonsense being a fraud, he begins to make up excuses. In one of

  • The Crucible John Proctor Analysis

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    He is a man who is riddled with guilt from sinning; Also, John is eager to keep a respectable reputation. In act two of the play John’s wife Elizabeth shows some of her suspicions and drives Proctor into saying “Woman. I’ll not have your suspicion anymore.” Proctor feels guilt because he knows her suspicions

  • Crucible Characters Essay

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    In the final act, after all John has been through he still keeps his head held high when asked to sign the document that states he admits to witch craft. He does not want to do it because he does not want to lie and have his life, he would rather die a truthful man. Abigail Williams- Abigail is clearly the villain in this book. She has sent 19 people to their deaths, manipulated the high court and turned a whole town upside down, all because she didn’t get what she wanted. Abigail had an affair with John but John had realized how sinful it was so he stopped seeing Abigail.

  • Hypocrisy in 'The Crucible'

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    At first the audience might feel bad for him. But then they'd quickly realize that Parris is just worried about his reputation. He's afraid that if people think there's witchcraft in his household, he'll lose his position as minister of Salem. · Abigail Williams: 1. Abigail Williams who attends church and says she is good, but is practicing witchcraft and committing adultery.

  • The Crucible Essay

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    He originally goes into the court to defend and save his wife but ends up being accused of witchcraft himself. This becomes vital to the tension in the Act, as there is a very tin line between Proctor winning and losing his case. The whole Act revolves around the fight between Proctor and Abigail for Danforth’s approval and belief. The rivalry between the two characters builds up the tension, as we, as an audience, know about Abigail and Proctor’s previous affair. Miller uses dramatic irony to help create tension.

  • The Crucible Essay

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    Parris was paranoid to the point where he believed that “he was being persecuted wherever he went.” This paranoia resulted in his eagerness to encourage the witch-trials in an effort to preserve his esteemed position. After his daughter is accused of witchcraft, Parris’s anxiety over losing his position of power is aggravated. He fears being guilty by association, and refuses to accept it, because the people of Salem “will howl [him] out of Salem for such corruption in [his] house.” When Abigail suggests another witch may be responsible for Betty’s condition, he is eager to support her and seizes the opportunity to protect his position. Salem had been founded forty years before the witch trials took place. At the time of its establishment, little was known about the surrounding areas, and a theocratic government was created in an attempt to unify and protect the people of Salem.

  • Abigail Williams Character Analysis

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    Testify it were your wife's familiar spirit pushed it in.” ACT II Abigail does this because she is desperate to accuse Elizabeth because of her jealousy towards the woman, and because Elizabeth is the one who could reveal John and Abigail’s affair which would have Abigail lynched. Desperation is a strong adjective to describe Abigail, but an even stronger one is obsession. The driving force to Abigail’s false accusations is her obsession for one person in particular, John Proctor. Arthur Miller designed an intricate relationship between Abigail and John consisting of an affair between the two. This affair was tied around Abigail’s love for John and John’s

  • Forms of Belonging in 'The Crucible'

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    Abigail is also the cause of the crack in John Proctor and his wife’s relationship. Elizabeth and John’s sense of belonging to each other through marriage has been compromised by Abigail and her irrational wants. She drives her wedge between the two of them, accusing Elizabeth of witchcraft. Her plot to kill Goody Proctor to be with her husband is a major barrier to Elizabeth and John’s belonging. ‘Abigail’s repetition of, ‘you love me and whatever sin it is, you’ll love me yet!’ Abigail taunts John in an attempt to lure him back into a relationship with her.

  • The Crucible Essay On Symbolism Etc

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    I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!” (Act I) In this quote it explains how Abigail tried saving herself from being known as a “bad” person. Abigail also wants her name good in the village because a rumor was spread of her having an affair with John Proctor which is true. She then wants John Proctors wife dead so she could have him for herself. It then blows up in her face that she did not get what she wanted simply because Proctor did not want her.