Arthur Miller's The Crucible
During "The Crucible" Proctor is easily cast as a villain and other
characters clearly see this side of him. This is evident when Abigail
shows her attraction for Proctor and her flirtatiousness is obvious to
the audience as she talks to Proctor, she moves closer to Proctor and
the stage directions suggest that there is a
Upon Proctor's face, this smile widens as Abigail truthfully explains
what happened the night before. Their past is clearly revealed when
Abigail asks John for a
And Proctor answers,
"That is done with"
"Abby, you'll put it out of mind"
. I'll not be commn`for you more, this implies that Proctor has taken
and does not want any part of what had happened in the past. He has
broken trust with his wife.
Proctor's Advantage of his position as Abigail's employer and only a
villainous man would associate with such a manipulative and ruthless
During Act One, the subject of
"A faction and a party"
Against the parish priest Parris and all authority is raised.
Proctor's response is "Why then I must find it and join it"
This suggests that Proctor is of a villainous character as this open
defiance would not be acceptable in Salemsociety. He shows signs of
wanting to go against authority and order. This would have been seen
as disrespectable and unacceptable further more, as Proctor dislikes
Parris he has not had his third child baptised by him, which suggests
an act of selfishness, Knowing as he does that if he did not get his
son baptised his son would go straight to hell. This appears to be
because of personal dislikes as he implies to Hale
"I see no light in that man"
"I would not like him to lay a hand upon my son"
Which shows he does not care for what might happen to his sons? This
clearly shows aspects of a selfish villain not a hero
It becomes evident through the course of the play that proctor does
not attend church regularly which would be considered a crime in any
puritan society and yet he still makes excuses instead of accepting
Hale: twenty-six times in seventeen month, sir. I must call that rare.
Will you tell me why you are so absent?
Proctor Mr hale, I never knew I must account to that man for I come to
church or sty at home. My wife were sick this winter
It is also stated that john proctor ploughs on a Sunday which is the
holy Sabbath day. This would be seen as unacceptable behaviour within
a Christian society. Later within in the play proctor is asked to
recite his 10 commandments, which he fails to do accurately the basic
Christian faith. he appears confrontational and defensive when
questioned. He does well until he comes to the last few
Proctor: Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image