The Goodness and Immorality of John Proctor in Miller's The Crucible

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There are many sides to John Proctor and they occur at different stages of the play, John is a complex character and is very well respected even though he has done wrong things. Arthur Miller was in the same situation as John Proctor in 1956-57 because he refused to give names of people he saw at communist meetings. There was the same trial system. If you confessed you would stay alive assuming you had turned from the communist meetings, however if you denied that you were seen at communist meeting you would have been hanged because there would be no evidence to show you weren’t there. You get the impression that the character of John Proctor was based on the real life character of Miller.

When John Proctor is first introduced in the
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The other girls all fear him and are ‘strangely titillated’. This might mean that they all think of him as very handsome, and are fascinated by him and want to stay on his good side.

The main relationship I think there is in the play is the relationship between Abigail and John Proctor. When John is with Abigail you see a different side to him, you can tell he still feels slightly attracted to her by the stage directions.
‘The faintest suggestion of a knowing smile on his face’.
John feels bad for what he did with Abigail and the way he broke serious ‘rules’, you can tell he wants to make it up to his wife and you can see that the conversations between Elizabeth Proctor and him are very restricted. However at this point and most of the way through the play Abigail thinks John loves her and is waiting to be with her and spend his life with her when really he is trying to forget about the past and restart his life with his family. You discover there was an affair between John and Abigail very quickly; there are certain words and phrases that give it away. ‘ABIGAIL: give me a word John, a soft word. PROCTOR: No, no Abby, that’s done with’
This is the first point where you start to think there might have been something between them. You guess that when Abigail says ‘soft word’ she means a kiss.
‘I may think of you softly from time to time but I will cut off my hand before I reach for you again’
The word ‘again’ shows he
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