Comparison Of John Proctor In The Crucible

The play The Crucible portrays the 1690’s, a time when the paranoia of witchcraft arose. The play takes place in Salem, Massachusetts where the famous witch trials occurred. A group of girls pretending to be bewitched accused nearly 200 people of witchcraft and a few were executed. Although John Proctor begins the play as a sinner, his wife Elizabeth helps him change into a tragic by pushing him to face his true feelings, forgive himself for his past mistakes and stand up for his family and community.
John Proctor is ambivalent and torn between his wife and his lover, Abigail. John wants Elizabeth to forgive him, but he still feels attracted to Abigail. Abigail recognizing John Proctor’s attraction, “you clutched my back and sweated like
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Danforth thinks of himself as a perfect being and remains intolerant to others. He is arrogant and acts as if he were one of ‘God’s fingers”. Since he believes that he is perfect he doesn 't think that there is anything that he needs to forgive himself about. As a result of his arrogance, he finds it easy to judge everyone since he believes that he is more important and superior to others, whereas Proctor throughout the whole play learns to accept his imperfections and refuses to judge others. FIND QUOTE ABOUT THIS When John Proctor confesses to his affair with Abigail, his refusal for the written confession puts Danforth’s reputation in jeopardy. He wants to be the one to get Proctor to confess to witchcraft so he can be recognized as the person that solved the trials. Danforth and Proctor differ from each other because Proctor wants to change and Danforth …show more content…
John thought that he would be sinning again if he confessed to a lie just to save himself. Ever since his affair he thought that he was a no good man and sinning even more would improve his himself and his soul; he wouldn’t go from bad to good, he’d still be just as bad. He sacrificed his life as a way to redeem himself. Elizabeth tried to convince him to sign the paper but he told her “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). John Proctor doesn’t want to lie anymore as a sinner because now that he forgives himself for his unfaithful actions. He can use “shreds of… “ 9At this point, John changes because he chooses to die honest than live with another lie. His change is important because it shows how much he wants to prove to Elizabeth that he loves her and not Abigail. This is because he chose to stay with his statement which said that Abigail was a fraud and he chose that which would get him hung. John Proctor’s transformation is significant because it shows how he eventually forgave himself for being a sinner and becomes a good, noble and imperfect man. John refused to let the whole town find out about his affair and further embarrass his wife, as well as the loss of the respect he received in his village. John couldn’t handle living with his sin which was why he chose to die than

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