John Proctor, Ultimately Becomes a Hero, in Miller's The Crucible

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John Proctor lived in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem had been struck with witchcraft rumors that were started by a manipulative teenage girl named Abigail. He knows that the girls were sporting, and blaming innocent people of supernatural crimes that cannot occur. John Proctor’s wife Elizabeth had been accused of witchery, as a form of revenge from Abigail. Abigail had strong feelings for John Proctor, and wanted to get rid of Elizabeth. In the end John Proctor tried to do the right thing by saving his wife from his own sins. Therefore his sins put the love of his life in a great risk of dying. Throughout The Crucible John Proctor was seen as a smart, argumental and brave man. However, the town did not see him as a puritan or a good …show more content…
Parris, who was in charge of the prayers on Sundays. As an end result John refused to go to church. Instead of going to church regularly; John Proctor had worked long hours on his farm to provide for his family. “In the book of record that Mr. Parris keeps, I note that you are rarely in the church on Sabbath day.” (Miller 64). John Proctor not going to church on Sundays, made him look terrible in court. This allowed people to accuse him of being a wizard. His youngest son not been baptized made it even more suspicious about his faith in God. These opinions were reinforced when John Proctor could not name the Ten Commandments.
As a good Puritan one must always follow the Ten Commandments. John Proctor had failed to do so. While his ill wife was in bed, John had an affair with the naïve Abigail Williams. The shame of his affair led him to concede his actions, like a good Christian. The guilt of his actions had made him frail. He wanted to regain Elizabeth’s trust. He regretted having hurt his wife. Although his wife had somewhat started to regain trust in him. He continued to have the guilt. He made himself paranoid over his actions. “I do not judge you. The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you. I never thought you but a good man, John” (Miller 55). Later, by having confessed his acts of lechery to the court, he would save the life of his beloved wife. The unfair verdicts of the court sent many to their deaths. John Proctor
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