John Proctor from The Crucible
John Proctor is a good man. He is a puritan, a husband, a citizen, and an all around valuable member of the community.
Early on in the play, the reader comes to understand that John Proctor has had an affair with Abigail Williams while she was working in his home. Abigail believed that if she got rid of Elizabeth Proctor, then John Proctor would become her own. John Proctor had an affair with Abigail, but for him it was just lust, while Abigail believed it to be true love. She told John Proctor that she loved him, and once she destroys Elizabeth, they would be free to love one another.
John is horrified at this, but can do nothing to convince Abigail that he is not in love with her. John Proctor has to wrestle with the decision of what to do. He knows that he has sinned; yet he does not want to hurt his beloved wife. This is partly why he is willing to die. He knows he has already sinned.
The most important scene in the play was act two, scene three, where John Proctor is able to talk with his wife, Elizabeth, one last time. He says to Elizabeth:
“My honesty is broke, Elizabeth; I am no good man. Nothing’s spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long before.” (136)
However, to accept what he said, the judge also requires him to sign a written confession which states that he confessed to the crime of witchcraft. Danforth would post it on the church door, to use Proctor as an example to get other people to confess.
character and rationale. John Proctor feels strongly about having a good name and taking it to the grave. He weighs both sides of his internal conflict and realizes that he must not make another mistake. Therefore, he sentences himself to death, not for his own sake, but rather for the sake of the others. As John Proctor dies, Elizabeth weeps.
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