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John Proctor, A Character In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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John Proctor is a quiet man who has a secret that will turn into his downfall. Even though he has a family and owns a farm on the outskirts of town, he fails to keep his morals straight and eventually falls victim to his own lust. Because of the lust between John and Abigail, she starts a witch-hunt so hopefully she can have John all to herself, and get herself out of trouble. The hunt causes John to forget his pride and sacrifice himself for his family and his friends. By doing so he shows the whole village of Salem what it means to be a Puritan. In the play “The Crucible,” a victim of contradictory emotions, who fights for what is right and becomes a hero for the village of Salem, is a farmer, John Proctor.
In the historically accurate manner, John was around sixty years old when the Salem witch-hunt began. He was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1632, and was birthed to an established family of farmers, that would later become his occupation in Salem. His father left him a large estate in Ipswich, but in 1666 he moved to Salem and leased the most land, seven hundred acres or more directly south east of the village line. John is an honest and strong man, and he fights to keep his morals straight and the lie of witchcraft and overall is a pillar of strength.
When John is introduced in the play he has arrived into Salem to figure out what is going on. “What mischief here”(pg. 893) he asked Abigail Williams, but the only thing she told him was witchcraft and even then John got a hint that something was suspicious about what was happening with the girls in the town. When John and Abigail are alone before he is about to leave town, a discovery is made that he lusted with Abigail and that she still has feelings for John. In act two of the play, John and Elizabeth are going through a relationship crisis at the time the witch-hunt is taking place because of his lust with Abigail. “Woman. She turns to him. I’ll have your suspicion no more” (Owens) John tells her this in a way of saying why don’t you trust me, I have already told you and have repented of my sins. In the same act of the play, Elizabeth says, “she wants me dead John you know it!”(Owens, Brenda). She is very scared because she knows that Abigail has control over who gets accused of being a witch as well as wanting John all to herself. After Mary Warren returns from the Salem Courthouse, she describes all the events that happened that day. John is completely shocked that someone is already sentenced to the gallows and also shocked at the audacity of the girls. This is where John starts to have a character change in the play and starts to take action against the lie of witches, but later he also gets accused.
John’s accusers were Abigail Williams, the girl John lusted with, and Mary Wilcott saying that John’s spirit...

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