Arthur Miller 's Utilization Of The Varying Degrees Of Goodness And Evil

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John Proctor is an excellent example of Arthur Miller 's utilization of the varying degrees of goodness and evil to propel the story of The Crucible forward. John Proctor is a successful and well-respected farmer who holds himself at a particular distance from the Church, a rarity at the time. This may be related to the guilt he has come to know, as he has sinned, and openly condemns the trials taking place while hiding the secrets of his affair with the accuser, Abigail Williams. Proctor, an outspoken man entirely consumed by his guilt, must take responsibility for his actions, publicly confess his sins, denounce Abigail Williams, and save his soul from eternal damnation. John Proctor has held resentment towards Revered Parris since his appointment to the church in Salem, annoyed by the minister 's superior convictions and greed. Forthright as he is, Proctor seizes all opportunity to lambaste Revered Parris and the now corrupt church. John uses his wife Elizabeth 's illness as an excuse to avoid Sunday services, a decision that comes back to haunt the Proctors. When Salem becomes abuzz with talk of witches, John questions Parris ' intentions in the company of some of Salem 's most prominent and influential citizens. He learns that Parris has sent for the Reverend John Hale, an expert on witches and witchery, without first calling a town meeting. A firm believer that Salem 's decisions should be influenced by its citizens, John uses this situation to inform the others…

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