The Crucible: John Proctors Relationships with Other Characters

Topics: Ten Commandments, Adultery, Moses Pages: 2 (617 words) Published: December 13, 2011
An audience watching this play would see John as a rebel partly because of his relationships with the other characters. PARRIS
It’s evident that Parris and Proctor have very low opinions of each other; Proctor does not go to church every Sunday anymore because he doesn’t believe that Parris makes it about God anymore- only about punishments and hell- and Proctor would much rather plough his fields instead. Their opinion of each other doesn’t change much throughout the play- if anything it gets lower. “PROCTOR: I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only about hellfire and bloody damnation. Take it to heart Mr Parris. There are many others who stay away from church these days because you hardly ever mention God anymore.” Here Proctor is stating plainly what everyone is thinking but in a much more sincere and stubborn way. “Take it to heart Mr Parris” is what shows the audience that he doesn’t like him at all as he is purposefully offending Parris using the relationship he has with God. GOD

His relationship with God isn’t a very strong one either- partly caused by the fact that he doesn’t attend church every week. There are also other reasons which lead us to believe he is not a very religious man: His last child was not baptized (which he admits in front of an important judge later in the play), it seems as if he keeps trying to overthrow the court, which would be a very serious offense, especially in the current condition their town was in where no one could trust anybody else and he commits adultery which is in the ten commandments. In act two Hale asks Proctor to recite the commandments to him and he stutters and pauses as he recites them, leaving out the one about committing adultery. ABIGAIL

Abigail is Parris’s niece and Proctors ex-maid. He had an affair with her while she worked for him, but he denies it to her face exclaiming that they “never touched” which makes her absolutely outraged and leaves her wanting revenge on him...
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