Character Analysis Of John Proctor In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Character Analysis of John Proctor
In “The Crucible,” a play by Arthur Miller about the Salem Witch Trials, we are shown the roles and fates of various characters, one of which is the farmer John Proctor. Throughout the play, John Proctor is shown to be a honest albeit hotheaded and stubborn man as he crusades to disprove the claims of witchcraft against his wife and other townsfolk.
John Proctor best shows his honesty within “The Crucible” when he repeatedly admits to both his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, and the court about his relations with Abigail Williams. In Act II, Proctor says to Elizabeth, “But I wilted, and, like a Christian, I confessed. Confessed!” (p. 167). When he was confronted by Elizabeth with her suspicions, he told the truth. He did not lie or lie by omission. Later, in Act III, he confesses to the court. “In the proper place—where my beasts are bedded … God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise is such sweat.” (p. 193). Again, he tells the truth. He does not lie or try to hide the truth despite the damage the truth would have on his name.
However, John Proctor does not only tell the truth in relation to the incident with Abigail; he is also truthful when asked difficult questions. In Act II, Reverend Hale asks him why only two of his three children are baptized, and Proctor replies, “I like it not Mr. Parris should lay his hand upon my baby. I see no light of God in that man. I’ll not conceal it,” (p. 172). As above, he does not lie or make
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