A Character Analysis of John Proctor
In order to maintain one’s dignity, one must assume the responsibility for one’s actions whatever the outcome. In Arthur Miller’s play “ The Crucible,” John Proctor is a flawed character at the beginning of the play, but by the end he redeems himself and pays the ultimate price because he chooses to act by striving to uphold justice for his wife, his friends and himself. The righteous nature of John Proctor to always seek the truth and denounce those who abuse their given powers is evident as he exposes the corruption that existed in Salem. Proctor exposes that the girls were only acting as if they were possessed by the devil and witchcraft. Unlike many within Salem, Proctor does not see the value of the church’s authoritarianism within the town of Salem, Proctor is open and honest with the fact that he fails to see the religious value of Reverend Parris.” I like it not that Mr. Parris should lay his hand upon my baby. I see no light of god in that man. I’ll not conceal it.” (Miller 62) John Proctor has many positive traits about him, as well as a darker immoral side. That negative side unveiled in his adultery. His affair with Abigail Williams led not only his fatal downfall, but also to that of numerous other innocent civilians in Salem during that time period. In the end, Proctor was willing to at least reverse the effects of his actions to save the others around him, even if the price he paid was his very own life. Proctor’s nobility played a vital role in his own downfall. His pride would not allow him to ruin his reputation in the village and therefore allowed Abigail to continue in her plan in seeking the love of proctor. His pride was also what caused the problem in the first place. John Proctor believed that he was untouchable, he believed that he could have an affair, but as long as he apologized afterwards, that everything would be all right again. However, as the play unfolded he soon found that his life with...
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