English 11 F
December 7th, 2010
Character analysis: John Proctor
John Proctor is the leading role, also known as the protagonist, in The crucible by Arthur Miller. John Proctor is the play’s tragic hero; a good man with one fatal flaw that eventually leads to his fall. John Proctor is honest, resolute, & upright. He is a man with pride. At the opening of the play, the narrator portrays the real direct characterization of John, "The steady manner he displays does not come from an untroubled soul. He is a sinner not only against the moral fashions of his time, but against his own vision of decent conduct". In the play he is described as, “the kind of man-powerful of body, even-tempered, and not easily led”. Though he is strong, it is obvious that his hidden weakness comes from his affair with Abigail, a 14-year old orphan girl. The adulterous event is an essential issue in Proctor’s attitude towards himself as well as the reader’s attitude towards him, as mentioned earlier, “He is a sinner, a sinner not only against the moral fashion of the time, but against his own vision of decent conduct.” John feels guilty for his affair when Hale visits him and starts questioning him about the Ten Commandments and John abruptly misses one, ““Thou shalt not commit adultery.” His true feelings are shown while he is in the farmhouse with his wife, telling her “I mean to please you, Elizabeth.”I t deeply depicts Proctor’s feelings towards Elizabeth; he is trying to please her, to heal her broken heart and to get rid of the guilt that is hunting him. His love & care to Elizabeth shows even more when she is unjustly charged as a witch. He promises her, "I will bring you home. I will bring you home soon", as she leaves. Proctor’s relationship with other characters highlights aspects of his personality. In Act 2 Giles Corey and Francis Nurse come to him for help following the arrest of their wives, Rebecca Nurse and Martha...
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