The Crucible: John Proctor and John Hale - Good Citizen vs. Good Perso

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The Crucible: John Proctor and John Hale - Good Citizen vs. Good Person

In The Crucible, Arthur Miller portrays the two main characters, John
Proctor and Reverend John Hale as "good men". The term "good men" in this play is ambiguous. Reverend John Hale was a good man in the sense of being the perfect and good citizen of Massachusetts in the 1600 's. He was pious, adherent to the laws and beliefs, and a good Puritan Christian. John Proctor, on the contrary would not be considered the greatest citizen. He was not so religious, nor the perfect Christian, and was not so adherent to the Puritan 's laws and beliefs. However, he was still considered a "good man", as a person rather than being an ideal Puritan citizen. He was very honest,
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Hale has faith and believes in the court system. When Francis was complaining that his wife was arrested and she is not a witch, since Hale had faith in the court told him, "Let you rest upon the justice of the court; the court will send her home,
I know it" (p.71) , when in fact the court did not find her innocent. Because
Hale was a good Puritan, he could not believe that the court was unjust.

The definition of what a good Puritan should be is defined by the characteristics of Reverend John Hale. A good person has the characteristics of
John Proctor. Both were good in their own ways. Proctor was not considered such a good man in the Puritan society though- he was hated by many in his community, and sentenced to death by them. Hale on the other hand is not such a moral person, more of a moral failure. His pride and meddling into the lives of everyone lead to almost everyone 's downfall. He thinks that he is so smart and can solve all the witch problems. He causes Abigail and the girls to blurt out the witches, which causes the whole mess with the Proctors getting in trouble with the law. He gets Rebecca Nurse in trouble by taking Francis 's suspicions of reading books into account. He causes many false witches in the community to die, causing them and their husbands their downfall. His downfall is losing the respect and being hated by almost everyone in the
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