In the beginning of the play, John Proctor was nothing more than an average man. John was well respected in the community and renown for his honesty. John is initially described as a kind man, not easily led, powerful of body and even tempered. John is described as a very passive person and not known to lead to violence.
“He was a kind man- powerful of body, even- tempered and not easily led…”
The town considers Proctor a kind man, but not many of the townspeople know that he is guilty of adultery with the teenage servant Abigail Williams. This compromises his honesty in the eyes of his wife and causes his wife to doubt him and not give him the trust he deserves. This adultery also causes John to view himself as a sinner and as someone unworthy of the respect people give him. Even though John gives great importance to his public appearance, her has a very low view of himself and his worth as a human being, which affects many of his decisions in the outcome of the play.
“I cannot mount the gibbet like a saint. It is a fraud. I am not that man. My honesty is broke Elizabeth; I am no good man”
After the accusations of witchcraft arouse, John assumes a more prominent role in the community. John assumes a leadership position in the movement to free Elizabeth...