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
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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…
John Proctor is an important character in The Crucible and is the husband of Elizabeth Proctor: one of the many women accused of witchcraft. During the story he repeatedly expressed his hatred of Abigail Williams and the corrupt court of Salem. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, John Proctor is an honorable, loving, and selfless man which leads him to be accused of witchcraft, and later hanged.
First off, while John Proctor challenges the theocracy of Salem; he is still a extremely honorable man…
Due to John Proctor's personal relationship with Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey, he chose to die an honorable man rather than live a lie.
At the end of The Crucible, John Proctor is faced with the decision of selling his friends out to live or to die among them. Mr. Proctor refuses to give the court a written confession to be displayed on the door of the church because it will ruin his reputation forever. He is begging for Judge Danforth to allow his words to be enough, that there be no legal document…
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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…
“You are a broken minister (Act 1 p.63)” this is a quote stated from John Proctor. Although in The Crucible John Proctor had personal flaws such as committing adultery that lead to tragedy. With this stated John Proctor had also shown his noble qualities; which was used to convey a larger message that Miller conveys to his readers.
In The Crucible, it is about the Salem witch trials that took place in 1692, Massachusetts.There were several young girls claiming to be afflicted by witchcraft…
John Proctor, in The Crucible, by Arthur Miller faced many difficult circumstances in the play and he solved it with honor. For example, when Danforth, the judge, tells him that Elizabeth, his wife, is pregnant and can be saved for a while by hanging, he still stood there and supported his other friends. Arthur Miller portrays John Proctor as an honorable man by his honesty, bravery, and his selfless nature.
John Proctor is an honorable man because of his honesty. During Act ll, when Elizabeth…
Is John Proctor a tragic hero or just a simple farmer tending to his crops? John Proctor has a wife, two kids and one more on the way. We soon find out John has an affair with Abigail Williams before the play. Mrs. Proctor finds out and fires her from her position at the Proctor household. Later, at night Abby sneaks out to do forbidden witchcraft with the intention to kill Mrs.Proctor but is sighted by the Reverend Hale. Abby covered herself by saying she is being controlled. John…
Throughout Arthur Miller’s play called The Crucible, lies and falsities spark and burn furiously through the colony of Salem. The lies that spread overall seem to rid the town of the justice that the Puritans say they value so profoundly. Amongst the citizens of the colony, John Proctor stands out as a righteous man when he makes a tragic attempt to shine a light on the truth which makes him a true tragic hero.
In the beginning, multiple girls, including Reverend Parris’ daughter, niece, and slave…
Elizabeth proctor and Abigail Williams are two very important characters to the crucible. They’re very different from each other, which means they are even more important to the story because of what they cause in the end. Abigail is a foil to Elizabeth
Abigail Williams is antagonist who got caught dancing in the woods. She tries to lie and blame other people for her wrong doing because she doesn’t want to be the only person to blame. This shows that she is a deceitful and manipulative person…
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…