The Crucible John Proctor's Changes

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The Crucible John Proctor's Changes

By | September 2010
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The Crucible
John Proctor’s Major Change
One of the characters in “The Crucible” that undergoes a major change is John Proctor. Proctor is one of the most important characters and he gradually changes throughout the course of the play. At the start of the play John Proctor has a strong willed personality and shows good leadership and authority. Through the changes that he makes, Proctor becomes a better person who finds a sense of goodness in himself. John Proctor goes from being someone who only cares about himself to a person who cares about what is really important to him. In the beginning, he has an affair with Abigail Williams, which causes all the problems because Abigail believes that if she can accuse Elizabeth Proctor, Proctor’s wife, of being a witch, than John Proctor will love her. This does not work out because towards the end Proctor realizes that his wife is the most important thing and confesses to having an affair with Abigail. He also tells everyone that he would rather die than have his name be ruined. Proctor almost gives in to saving his life by signing a confession that confirms him being a witch but at the end of the play he is more concerned with what is important than his public reputation. Proctor claims that God will save him for telling the truth and he will go to heaven. When Hale is begging Elizabeth to convince Proctor to confess, she says “He have goodness now. God forbid I take it from him.”