Arthur Miller's The Crucible Essay

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

During "The Crucible" Proctor is easily cast as a villain and other characters clearly see this side of him. This is evident when Abigail shows her attraction for Proctor and her flirtatiousness is obvious to the audience as she talks to Proctor, she moves closer to Proctor and the stage directions suggest that there is a

"Faint smile"

Upon Proctor's face, this smile widens as Abigail truthfully explains what happened the night before. Their past is clearly revealed when Abigail asks John for a

"Soft word"

And Proctor answers,

"That is done with"

"Abby, you'll put it out of mind"

. I'll not be commn`for you more, this implies that Proctor
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This clearly shows aspects of a selfish villain not a hero

It becomes evident through the course of the play that proctor does not attend church regularly which would be considered a crime in any puritan society and yet he still makes excuses instead of accepting his responsibility.

Hale: twenty-six times in seventeen month, sir. I must call that rare. Will you tell me why you are so absent?

Proctor Mr hale, I never knew I must account to that man for I come to church or sty at home. My wife were sick this winter

It is also stated that john proctor ploughs on a Sunday which is the holy Sabbath day. This would be seen as unacceptable behaviour within a Christian society. Later within in the play proctor is asked to recite his 10 commandments, which he fails to do accurately the basic Christian faith. he appears confrontational and defensive when questioned. He does well until he comes to the last few

Proctor: Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image

Hale: You have said that twice, sir

Proctor: Aye

All the evidence suggests that john proctor does not show signs of a hero but of a villain.

Close to the Play's conclusion, Proctor is accused of witchcraft by his servant, marry warren Proctors reaction is looked on as irrational, as he his anger gets the better of him as he
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