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 and unleashing it on people frequently; however this was did him good in getting his reputation up because he was known for exposing hypocrisy. This gave him the title of an honored man in town; he also had pride and cared about how others viewed him. In the beginning of the book John Proctor commits adultery with Abigail, a manipulative seventeen year old girl with no morals. This affair with Proctor sparks the jealousy in Abigail of Elizabeth which will have a toll on her later on in the book. I believe that majority of it was not his fault but Abigail’s because she constantly acts provocatively towards him and as a male he acted to the situation wrongly which hurt his relationship with Elizabeth. He soon realizes that he has committed a extremely bad sin and believe that he has shamed himself in the eyes of God. Proctor would be considered a religious person that even helped build the church in his town disregarding his discontent with the reverend in the town at the time, because of this the weight of the sin on him crushes how he sees himself. Even though he is hard on himself for the sin he committed, near the end of the book his wife admits that her attitude and aura around him contributed to his doings. This confession shined light on why he would do such a thing. Even though I would not have fell for the manipulative girl, it still sheds light to the situation and from that I can understand his position; even though I don’t agree that it was the right thing or even an acceptable thing to do. This event is a major event in the book for John Proctor because his decisions throughout the novel all have the weight of this event on them as he tries to redeem himself. To reclaim his reputation as a good man of the town after the affair he had with Abigail he does everything in his power to protect the people close to him that are being tormented by Abigail which could lead to some people being hung. He had to protect the people around him like his wife because he believed that it was his fault that she was blamed for witch craft in the first place. Abigail was a maid of the Proctors house but after Elizabeth finds out that she was seeing John behind her back Abigail is immediately fired which lights the flame to her anger that would soon engulf Elizabeth. After Abigail accuses Elizabeth for witch craft, John Proctor immediately, with no hesitation, stands up for her as his guilt takes over. Another problem that he has was his guilt; this was the leading emotion that led his quest to redemption. He effects Abigail’s decisions by enraging her which causes Abigail to aim her anger towards his wife because of the jealousy. Abigail was so willing to get revenge on Elizabeth she stabbed herself in the stomach with a needle and then gave her a voodoo doll with a needle in its stomach so that she would be set up to be blamed for witch craft. If John Proctor had continued his affair with Abigail instead of going back to Elizabeth the chance of these harming events towards Elizabeth would be very slim because she would not have had enough motive for Elizabeth in particular. This is how John…
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…
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 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…
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…
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 Elizabeth…
John Proctor is the protagonist and the tragic hero of the story The Crucible. He was highly respected in the town of Salem. John Proctor was a sympathetic character, who tried hard to do what is just. He was unable to achieve his goals, because of his obsession with his family’s name. This obsession led to his downfall and inevitably his demise.
In the story John’s wife Elizabeth was accused of being a witch by Abigail, the woman he had an affair with. This caused John to swallow…
In the play, The Crucible, Authur Miller develops numerous conflicts between characters. Miller sets his play in Salem Massachusetts, an environment with which was notoriously known for its witch trials of 1692. As reverend of Salem and father and uncle of initially accused witches, Reverend Parris plays an enormous role in the plot of this story. Young Abigail is the heart and soul of the witch trials, leading all the other girls in the accusations. The strong-willed John Proctor displays a steady…
The Crucible Socratic Seminar Question
1. Rev. Parris is not just a worried parent. He is worried about his reputation. He repeatedly says that if his enemies find about what the girls did, then they will take him down. He says to Abigail, "There is a faction that is sworn to drive me from my pulpit. Do you understand that? (10)" He also refuses to talk to the townspeople in his home for fear of his enemies finding out that there is witchcraft taking place in his home. As someone is entering the…
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…
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…