The Role Of John Proctor In The Crucible

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Miller Arthur’s play “The Crucible” takes place in Salem, the event of this play is about the witch

trials. These witch trials had many different reactions and results, it influenced people in many

different ways. The trials broke the whole village into different sides of their view of the trials,

people get accused of being a witch or studying/practicing witchcraft and their trial could come

with many different consequences. The trial would either lock up or hang those who are

accused to but decline witchery, however, those who admit to it whether it is a lie or not don’t

face this fate. These trials rip the people in many ways, turn others against each other and

change their beliefs and the options they may take upon their
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Act 1 page 150, Proctor: “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut

off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby.”

Around the middle of the play Abigail takes action and accused Elizabeth to be a witch and

made a plan that would get the judges attention and to question Goody Proctor in court. Proctors

servant, Mary, made a poppet in court next to Abby and left a needle in its stomach, Abby saw

this as an opportunity and stabbed herself in the same area to make it look like Elizabeth sent

her soul out to attack her. Elizabeth denied that she made the poppet and didn’t attack Abby, the

Judges sent Elizabeth in a prison for no confession. John suspects that all of this is Abby’s

doing and had a change of perspective, he was determined to do whatever he could to prove his

wife’s innocence. John is aware that Abby was lying about the whole witchcraft when Abby

talked with him, John needed a way to prove it or get the judges to see her for what she is. John

confesses to the court of his sin for adultery with Abigail to prove she has a desire to get rid of

his wife by accusing her, this information shocked the court and the judge 's view of Abigail

changes. Act 3 page 193, Proctor’s confession; Proctor: “In the proper place-where my beasts

are bedded. On the last night of my joy, some eight months past. She used to serve me in my

house, sir. A man may think God sleeps, but God
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