What were the changes in John Proctor's character throughout the play "The Crucible"? ( Arthur Miller)

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In The Crucible, John Proctor initially portrayed a sinful man whom had an affair, struggling to

prove to his wife that he should be trusted again. The dishonesty of the betrayal of Elizabeth and his

marriage to her changed, though, by the end of the play. This transition in Proctor's character

showed he transformed from a deceitful man and husband, to one whom was true to himself as well

as his beliefs. This paper will discuss Proctor's change in character and his struggle with getting to

the point in his life where he was finally at peace with himself.

In Act I, John Proctor displayed his guilt about having an affair with Abigail Williams, a young girl

of seventeen 'with an endless capacity for dissembling.' Proctor convinced
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He felt hurt by Elizabeth's

suspicion and felt she judges him and that he does not have her forgiveness. Getting angry with her,

he said, 'No more! I should have roared you down when first you told me your suspicion. But I

witted, and like a Christian, I confessed. Confessed! Some dream I must have mistaken you for

God that day. But you're not, and let you remember it! Let you look sometimes for the goodness in

me and judge me not!' Proctor felt that since he chose to confess to her rather than lie and deny her

accusations, she should give him more credit than she had been giving him. He thought that she

should think him a good man because he was only obligated to confess his sin to God, but he

confessed it to her. Elizabeth than tried to support her suspicion and said, 'John, have you ever

showed her somewhat of contempt? She cannot pass you in the church but you will blush,' and than

said, '...go and tell her she's a whore. Whatever promise she may sense - break it, John, break it.'

Proctor refuses to 'break it' and said, '...it speaks deceit, and I am honest! But I'll plead no more!

I see now your spirit twist around the single error of my life and I will never tear it free.' This quote

fully explains why Proctor was angry. He was an honest man until his affair with Abigail, and even

though he admitted it were a mistake, Elizabeth still can not forgive him
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