John proctor a persecuted puritan farmer, chooses to take a stand against the church and all the killing that they were doing. In 1692 Salem was an enclosed town where they were not accustomed to things of the outside. So when witchcraft was introduced to the town they took the opportunity to use the church as a source of government. John Proctor does not bier in what the church believes since their beliefs are so tainted. He thinks people should worship in their own way not the way the church tries to get them to do. He says he worked for his own land and if it needs tending to on the sabbath then he shall most definitely tend to it.
In the years that salem was established they had already left the rule of england but their roots in the country and all its beliefs were still pretty firm. So anything outside and different was shunned. This is where John Proctor is viewed as an outsider. He does not view the sabbath and does not go to church. When the whole town was having their little scare of witch craft john proctor in a view was being unfairly targeted. The Government in the town( mainly judge Danforth) were moor immersed in what it would look like then the truth. So they began sentencing innocent people to death. This gave the town hope that the church was doing everything right for them. In arthur millers time while he wrote the crucible the same thing was going on. The government was controlling the things people did with their lives and how they worked. In a sense this was a way for arthur miller to portray how as a country we have advanced technologically but our believes, even slightly skewered are forever unchanged.
At the end when Proctor is sentenced to death and the court gives him an ultimatum. They offer him death or a contract that will be put on the doors of the church and nullify all the killing that has been going on in Salem. When he refuses to sign the contract he choses to pick death over agreement. This means that he chose his name...
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