“A situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new,”(Google) that is the given definition of a crucible. A severe trial is an accurate term used to describe the town of Salem during the Salem Witch trials. Many characters had unmitigated personality changes throughout the play as morals soared out of the window to save lives or take them. One character who had not changed, however, just happened to be one of the strongest in the town, John Proctor. Many things dictate a change in character such as willingness to participate in wrongdoings and the ability to perceive and accept new information.
John Proctor was very deliberate in refusing to participate in the court hearings. He also isn’t a fan of the way that Parris teaches or isn’t a fan of Parris himself because he feels like he’s too greedy. Many people even stood for his character in defense of his accusations in the court. "What is John Proctor?" (p. 175) He can finally declare to Danforth, Parris and other court officials: "You have made your magic now, for now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs" (p. 183). Realizing at the end that, to save his dignity and restore his self-esteem, his name must embody his soul, consequently he chooses a heroic death over a dishonorable life. (Aziz, Social). John Proctor remained consistent throughout the novel in