The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, is a delightful depiction of the witch trials; where all someone had to do was scream witch and you were hung. Sounds great doesn’t it? I, personally, didn’t enjoy the plot, because it disturbed me that someone could be so religious and blind to reality that they hang their neighbors, children, and innocent others. John Proctor was a main character in trying to stop the hangings, and bring sense to people. He changed immensely in the play and movie.
John starts the play as a calm, cool, homebody type individual that keeps to himself. He stays out of court and the drama that unfolds from it. He has regret and sorrow from the affair he had on his wife with Abigail, who is pointing at the “witches.” You can tell that John’s reputation means a lot to him.
John starts to change half way through the play when his wife Elizabeth gets “somewhat mentioned” in court by Abigail. Mary, the servant girl in the Proctor house learn about John’s affair, and worries some that he’ll get mentioned too. John then gets blamed by Mary, who snaps from the pressure the other girls are putting on her to stop saying they are frauds. John then confesses to being the devil’s man, because his wife is pregnant, and he wants to be with her, then he decides he’d rather have his own integrity.
John then gets sentenced to death because he wouldn’t confess. John feels he would rather die than lie to live. His faith is restored in himself. His reputation becomes the end of him.
The witch trials were a pointless thing, since there is no such thing as a witch. John was also too proud, which led to his demise. However, he freed himself by doing what he thought was right.