Macbeth Vs. John Proctor Macbeth and John Proctor are both main character from different books but both have similarities and differences. Macbeth is from William Shakespeare’s, Macbeth, and John Proctor is from Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible. The similarities between these two main characters are the impact witchcraft makes in their lives, their tragic flaw, and the respect each character has with his society. Witchcraft is a very powerful thing. Some people believe in it and some do not. When it comes to Macbeth and John Proctor, witchcraft plays a large role in both their lives. Macbeth first crosses path with witchcraft when he meets the three witches. The witches give their predictions to Macbeth which sets the whole play in motion. When the third witch predicts for Macbeth, “‘All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be King here after’” (Shakespeare 1.3.50), he starts to wonder if and when he will become king and wants to hear more predictions. John Proctor is also influenced by witchcraft. The Devil is believed to be amongst the people of Salem and anyone who believes in this Devil must be involved with witchcraft. Elizabeth Proctor, John’s wife, was accused of being involved with witchcraft activities by the court. The Proctor’s servant Mary Warren explains to Proctor and his wife, “‘I saved [Elizabeth’s] life today”’ (Miller 59). This statement makes Proctor upset. Even though Proctor and Macbeth have been influenced by witchcraft, each man has a different way with dealing with it. Macbeth is different from John. He likes the witchcraft and lets it affect his decisions. He is greedy after he realized the first prediction came true and wants to go back for more. Macbeth says to the witches, “‘I conjure you, by that which you profess –/ However you come to know it – answer me:”’ (Shakespeare 4.1.50-51). Macbeth is relying on the witches predictions in order to help him make other decisions in his life that could possibly help him. This is where John Proctor differs.
In the 1953 play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the main protagonist, John Proctor allows the audience to create an emotion of sympathy towards him. In the play John Proctor is the husband of Elizabeth Proctor, he is a farmer, and a father of three boys. He was also accused of witchcraft like many individuals who lived in the town of Salem. Proctor did not attend church, because of Reverend Parris. Parris is the minister of Salem, who preaches about wealth, “…and for twenty week he preach nothin’….
John Proctor: A Tragic Hero
Over the years, literary devices have changed as writers continually come up with new ones. One device that is has been used many times throughout the generations is the appearance of the tragic hero. Since the days of Shakespeare, tragic heroes have been used to enhance the meaning of a literary work. Any character cannot be described as tragic hero. Several key characteristics are necessary for the tragic hero to possess in order to be characterized as such. He must….
“Perfect”than you expect.
John Proctor in The Crucible is a clever, and stubborn guy but as well as a respected man in Salem his name is very well honored.He goes to church pretty much every week. Proctor is a good father to his children and he wants to show them how to stick up for yourself and to not throw your friends under the bus if something bad happens. “I have three children—how may I teach them to walk like men in the world, and I sold my friends?”.All Proctor….
John Proctor: A Dynamic Character
A dynamic character is defined as someone who grows and changes. One of the few dynamic characters in the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is John Proctor. This play was written in the 1950s however it is based on the Salem Witch Trials which took place in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. Proctor has a significant role in the play as he knows the truth behind the girls accusations but his morals and love of God is tested when its time to speak up. Proctor….
1. What was your reaction to John Proctor’s final choice?
At first I was shocked until I realized his reasoning. He probably felt that he found God, and he even confessed to Elizabeth about his cheating.
2. At the end of the play, Elizabeth Proctor says that her husband has “his goodness.” What do you think she means?
She means that there is no use in trying to convince John because now that he found his God/point in life, she can’t take it away from him or convince him.….
Ultimately, John Proctor is a key part of the Crucible. His refusal to open up about Abigail’s lying (which she admits in Betty’s bedroom) allows Abigail to whip the village of Salem into a frenzy – accusing anyone and everyone of witchcraft. He is a proud and powerful man, much respected in the village. The fact he committed adultery with Abigail means she has the power to control him. Adultery is against the laws of Salem’s theocracy (as it is against the Decalogue) so, if Abigail….
The Crucible: John Proctor
A character is an elaborate blend of emotions and characteristics. Even
though the character's emotions are significant because they make an individual
feel for the character may it be sympathy or anger. The characteristics are very
also important because they make the character. They describe the character's
nature even if they are good hearted or if they are evil incarnate. Many times
there is one word that can single-handedly describe the character's reaction or….
The main character in Salem is John Proctor, an outspoken, successful, and well-respected farmer who chooses to stay away from the church. Religious at heart, this man who has sinned openly, condemns the witch trials while hiding a secret that could ruin the main accuser, Abigail Williams. Proctor is a man full of guilt, who uses the love of his wife, and his need to take responsibility for his actions to gain the strength to openly confess his sins, denounce Abigail Williams, and save his soul….
John Proctor throughout the Crucible
Throughout Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible” Miller had his characters face severe tests that make them question their own self. A crucible is also an earthen pot that is used for melting metals. In a way the town of Salem was a crucible as people were brought before the court and blasted with allegations from others as being witches. They were either forced to give in and live a lie or be hanged.
The term crucible could also describe the heat of a situation….
What do you think about John Proctor? In the Crucible, John proctor was a farmer who desperately wanted to be the reverend. He lived in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife, Elizabeth, and three sons. John proctor is a dynamic character in the crucible because he wants his name to be good and have a good reputation, but he ruins his life from public reputation, he chooses to not admit to committing adultery, but eventually he does, and he becomes selfless and sacrifice himself to save his wife and….