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John Proctor

Messianic Character
Disregards the theocratic law for his own moral values of right and wrong Knew about the pretence of Salem, (Abigail, Page 19, ACT I) His views on Salem do not change through the play
Come to terms with his morals and his sins by the end of the play self-righteous, "A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it is my face, and yours, Danforth!" Does not relinquish his name because it is the only part of him that will live on after death Values his reputation as much as anyone else within Salem

Goes on a Cathartic journey (providing psychological relief through the expression of strong emotions, purgative journey) John Proctor, a character who regards himself as a fraud, is used by Miller to show an almost prophet-like stand against hypocrisy and the injustice of Danforth's law as the flawed anti-hero.

Abigail Williams

Is given power through confessing that she has been visited by the Devil Reveres John Proctor as her own personal Messiah, come to save her Challenges the strength of her empowerment through the Devil by challenging Danforth's authority. "And mark this, let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you." Imposes her authority upon her 'gang' of witches. Violent past, "I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!" John Proctor taught her about the pretence's of Salem

Biblical language to describe her Devilish acts
Jezebel character
both JP and AW care about the reputation of their name.
In the Crucible, Abigail Williams is the instigator of hysteria and author of lies. Miller uses her as a Jezebel character to highlight the downfalls of a theocratic society and the importance of ones name.

Abigail Williams

Is given power through confessing that she has...