John Procter Essay

704 words - 3 pages

Lets first begin by describing the society and place where John proctor lived and worked. Salem had been founded by the pilgrim fathers, a group of strict puritans. The puritans were very strict, swearing, drunkenness and gambling were punished. They celebrated Christmas by fasting. Theatre nd entertainment were condemned, the people also believed in the devil and witch craft. In this society your good name meant everything and people would go to any length to protect it. The village was built next to a forest, which scared most of the inhabitants because they believed the devil roamed the forest.There are many examples of how John is the hero of this play. John has an acute sense of what is right and wrong because he didn't drop charges against Abigail even when the court offered Elizabeth to be free until the baby was born because John Proctor doesn't want to leave his friends (his conscience willnot let him). John is high up in the pecking order of the village, he was a significaant figure and was able to use this status for generally good purposes as was the case when he knew Mary Warren was going to go back to Abigails side so he decided to bring up the adultry incident with Abigail and the only reason why the Judges believe John was because he was going to loose his good name, "I have made a bell of my honour, I have rung the doom of my good name - you will believe me Mr Danforth!" Also John is not only afraid of loosing his name but he is afraid of loosing his wife.. Whem his wife gets accused and arrested,. it triggers him off and he rushes off to testify to get her back, he doesn't care about his name anymore, just about his wifes well being, Towards the conclusing of the play it is clear that John has agreed to loose his good name and his pecking order in the community, he has agreed to confess becaause he would like to be...

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