In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor proves himself to be a very dynamic character. Throughout the story, readers always found John having an extremely hard time forgiving himself causing the people around him to suffer. He gets his bad characteristics from having an affair with a girl named Abigail who used to work and live in his house. John honestly believes his affair with Abby ruined him in the eyes of God, his wife Elizabeth, and himself. Even though John has a lot of laws, he still proves to be very heroic. John Proctors acceptance of his guilt helps him become a better person who is able to forgive himself and move past his sins as evidenced by his testifying against Abigail whom he had a connection with, his sharing of confession, and his coming clean about adultery.
By John making the decision to confess to the court about his affair with Abby, it single handily demonstrates his pure goodness. John willingly sacrificed his good name in order to protect his wife Elizabeth. Through his confession to the court, Proctor regained his trust with his wife. Telling the truth about him being a sinner is solid proof that Abby is making untrue accusations against Elizabeth harming her in anyway. “But it is a whore’s vengeance, and you must see it; I set myself entirely in your hands.” (Miller 110) was explained by John trying to get the court to see that Abby just wants to hurt the love of her lives wife because he ultimately picked her over Abigail. But, by Proctor revealing the truth about the affair, he needs Elizabeth word as well to prove he is telling the truth. Elizabeth does not know that John has confessed so she lies to save his good name and pride, leaving her damning the both of them.
John Proctor is a very tragic hero. During Act 2, Proctor comes to term with the fact that Abby someone he once had strong feelings for turned out to be a true symbol of evil. It took Proctor some time to realizes she is doing this all for revenge and...
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