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John Procter In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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John Procter, an honest man that follows the word of god; his name is a symbol of the stability in the country; however, he committed an unforgivable sin and could have resulted in him getting banished from the country, or even killed.  He was persistent, honest, and full of integrity. He was simply, a man with pride. A wise woman once said, "Do what you feel in your heart to be right--for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't." (Eleanor Roosevelt). Proctor was the protagonist of the dramatic piece of literature. 
A ‘Proctor’ is someone who observes but does not judge, this symbolizes the calm heartedness of John Procter and how he is a forgiving ...view middle of the document...

Proctor realizes his huge mistake and wants to fix the sin he has committed and sees that there is only one way to stop all the witch hysteria in Salem, and that would be to confess his punishable, unforgivable sin of adultery. Procter knew that he should face his mistake and learn from it, so he decided to confess his sin, even though he was afraid of the consequences he knows that he must for the fate of his town. Moreover, in the beginning Reverend Paris is new to town, and John insist continually that he is only speaking of hell, and hardly ever of God, as Proctor tells Paris, "Can you speak one minute without we land in Hell again? I am sick of Hell!" Paris tries to assert his religious authority over Proctor, but Proctor is uninterested in the minister’s message. Paris suggests that there is a battle going on, a battle of good vs. evil, and Proctor is on the wrong side, however, Procter is actually not ignorant as Paris and actually thinks of the outside world. Procter is the protagonist in this play and the antagonist is the ignorance of the people that blindly follow what they are told without thinking of what all this means and what the consequences may be. Furthermore, Mary Warren places a needle in a poppet she gave to Elizabeth; John firmly demands that Mary Warren tell the courts that she really put the needle in the poppet that day. Proctor tells her, "You're coming to the court with me, Mary. You will tell it in the court.” moreover, at the end of the play Proctor is persistent by saying that no matter what anyone says to convince him differently, he would rather die an honest man and save his name. John Proctor took pride in his thoughts, feelings, values, and his name. It took persistency to make his intent clear to others; and cares a lot about his name because his kids will follow and hold his name for the rest of their lives. John Procter is not a liar and there needs to be justice, however, he does not believe that the justice in this country is the correct justice used to...

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