The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a classical tragedy, with John Proctor as the play’s protagonist. Honest, upright, and blunt-spoken, Proctor is a good man, but one with a secret, fatal flaw. His lust for Abigail Williams led to their affair. This created Abigail’s jealousy of his wife, Elizabeth, which sets the entire witch frenzy in motion. Once the trials begin, Proctor realizes that he can stop Abigail’s rampage through Salem but only if he confesses to his adultery. Such an admission would ruin his good name. He eventually makes an attempt, through Mary Warren’s testimony, to name Abigail as a fraud without revealing crucial information. When this attempt fails, he finally bursts out with a confession, calling Abigail a “whore” and proclaiming his guilt publicly. Only then does he realize that it is too late, that matters have gone too far, and that not even the truth can break the powerful frenzy that he has allowed Abigail to whip up. Proctor’s confession succeeds only in leading to his arrest and conviction as a witch. What is the “Shred of goodness,” that Proctor discovers. At this point in the play Proctor is really conflicted. He was indecisive whether or not to confess and consults with his wife on what he should do. Proctor asks Elizabeth “I have been thinking I would confess to them, Elizabeth what say you,” (Miller, 236).He explains to Elizabeth that he holds out because he wants his persecutors to feel the weight of guilt for seeing him hanged when they know he is innocent. Elizabeth responds to John, “Whatever you will do, it is a good man that does it” (Miller, 236). After wrestling with his conscience for a long time, Proctor agrees to confess. Proctor tells Hathorne, “I will have my life” (Miller, 237). Proctor agrees to confess because for the first time in a long time, John and Elizabeth are being honest with each other. John realizes that by living, he will have an opportunity to start over in his marriage and to raise his children. Elizabeth admits to John that not only does she forgive him for his affair, but she also admits that it is partially her fault. Both John and Elizabeth have much to live for and look forward to it in the future. They know what's important, and this makes John want to live. Proctor begins to change his mind about confessing when he sees the shame that Rebecca Nurse has when she finds out Proctor has "sold out." Rebecca asks Proctor, “Why, John,” (Miller, 237). Later she states, “Oh, John. God send His mercy on you,” (Miller, 237). John recognizes that even though he might want to live or he might have the feeling of guilt and shame, he is not going to be held captive by these feelings. Danforth demands that he physically sign, permanently linking his name to it, he realizes what is going on. Great tension builds up between Proctor and Danforth. They argue about Proctor physically signing the confession. Proctor in response to Danforth yells, “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another
English 11 Honors
September 21, 2013
In the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone by JK Rowling, a fellow family friend of Harry's, Peter Pettigrew, lives a normal life with his good friends. However, when the antagonist Voldemort invades his town, Peter has to either join Voldemort’s forces as a traitor to his friends or die a hero. Peter, who is afraid of dying at the hands of Voldemort, ultimately joins Voldemort’s forces and in…
English 11 Honors
Individual vs. Society
Are you sick of reading stories about characters that only struggle with just the society or just with themselves personally? In the story, The Crucible, author Arthur Miller creates the character John Proctor who often found his self struggling with both crucial tests of society and severe individual trials. The character John Proctor struggles mostly with relentless society issues, however…
Themes in the crucible- PARAGRAPHS
“A person is either with this court or he must be counted against it”
* Judge Danforth
* Cliché: you are either wit me or against me
* The sense of importance that Danforth has over society and your either with him or against him, as he is the court.
* The effect it has on the reader is that it communicates a scene of loyalty
* Belonging and loyalty, are you loyal to the collective or are you loyal to yourself
* Is it better…
the central character, John Proctor, who is
the protagonist in he play titled The Crucible. Arthur Miller wrote the non fiction play in 1690 which
took place in Salem, Massachusetts where religion and corruption is strongly aggressive. Most of The
Crucible is about John Proctor's quest to regain his self image back from his mistakes. It is proctors
journey from guilt to redemption. “We born, we die, and in between everyone makes mistakes.”
John Proctor who is a husband, father, citizen…
The character I have chosen to analyze is John Proctor, a protagonist in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. John Proctor is a middle aged farmer married to Elizabeth Proctor and is the father of three boys. He is a very prideful character that can shows signs of obsession about his reputation as he would risk his life to protect his name. John Proctor is a man that reevaluates his values throughout the course of the book as he copes with his personal expectations of himself. He had issues with his wrath…
Act II Scene 2 is primarily a long scene between John Proctor and Abigail in a wooded area at night. They start off with small talk but the conversation heats until Abigail reveals her true motives to him. She tells John “I will make quite a wife when the world is white again” (141). This reveals that she will accused Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft to remove her from the picture so that she may be John’s wife. In response, Proctor informs Abigail that he will expose her plot to the court. “You will…
10 September 2014
John Proctor as a Tragic Hero
The Crucible by Arthur Miller is set in Salem in a Puritan community. John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Reverend Hale, Reverend Paris, and Abigail are the main characters. The book is about witchcraft or what the town thinks is witchcraft. John Proctor is the tragic hero because he is loving, loyal, authoritative, but his tragic flaw is his temper.
John is a loving husband. He proves that by telling…
Sophomore American Literature
The Crucible Analyzed
You know what’s really fun? Reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller and analyzing how the experiences of a character or two relate and do not relate to the actual Puritans; both religiously and politically! It’s just exhilarating! Take John Proctor for example. Just like many Puritans, he was a strong believer in God and wouldn’t lie to save his life: quite literally I might add.
Proctor was hanged because he was accused of witchcraft…
16 January 2015
The Crucible written by Arthur Miller in 1953 tells a story of what it was like living trough the Salem witch trials and what it was like to be one of the accused. The main character in the play is John Proctor, “a farmer in his middle thirties” is stuck in the middle of it all and is motivated to find falsehood and expose it.
In Act 1, Abigail goes to extreme lengths to take the place of Elizabeth Proctor because she fell in love with proctor after they he had an…
John Proctor sits down to dinner with his wife, Elizabeth. Mary Warren, their servant, has gone to the witch trials, defying Elizabeth’s order that she remain in the house. Fourteen people are now in jail. If these accused witches do not confess, they will be hanged. Whoever Abigail and her troop name as they go into hysterics is arrested for bewitching the girls.
Proctor can barely believe the craze, and he tells Elizabeth that Abigail had sworn her dancing had nothing to do with witchcraft…