John Proctor Characterization

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John Proctor is a type of character that everyone can relate to. He has a dangerous background that haunts his life and he can’t share it because he will condemn himself to pretty much death. He committed one of the Ten Commandment with a woman who was of an age that now would be considered a federal offense. Her name Abigail and in the story she was seventeen. In the Puritan community the first person you have sex with is supposed to be the person you marry. Abigail was a woman with a shady background and she had no problem with doing whatever would help her the most. One day she was caught in the woods doing things she was not supposed to do with a bunch of teens and “young adults.” When she was caught, she lied her way around the facts and …show more content…
In the beginning there has been just a few accused of committing the crime, then it spiraled into almost all of the town of Salem. Among those accused were John Proctor and his wife, Elizabeth. Elizabeth was saved by her pregnancy, but John had no way out. He felt like he had to save himself because he was different than the others in the jail. When he got this feeling he decided that he would agree with the claims of himself being a witch. He then figured out that his life was not any less important than those he was imprisoned with. By his actions he is a tragic hero, by his death he is tragic, but by his actions he is a hero. The community of Salem is a very close-knit community with outstanding members of high status. This community, like most communities is small where everybody knows who everybody is. When things happen, everybody and their mother know about it before you can blink your eyes. In Salem, everyone knows how good a man John Proctor is and how he views those in the community. He has many friends but also many enemies. Those enemies include Reverend Parris and his niece Abigail. Reverend Parris is a man who cares more about the welfare of himself and others …show more content…
He never went every Sunday but always believed in God. He was strong in the church in the sense that he was a major role in the aspects other than going to church. His influence in the church was a big influence. In the aspect of his faith he was not very strong. His choice to not go to church was a choice he made because he had work to do. He felt that church in the town of Salem was not an important, spiritual, or faith based in any way. This flaw ended up to be a crucial part of his life he might should have paid attention to at the time of the trials. In the Puritan religion you are supposed to be able to state the Ten Commandments without any hesitation. John had a problem because he had not kept up with his faith. The irony of him forgetting the Ten Commandments is that the one commandment that he could not remember is the one he committed with Abigail. He would not let Reverend Parris baptize the children that he had after the reverend came to town. When asked about this he said “I like it not that Mr. Parris should lay his hand upon my baby. I see no light of God in that man. I 'll not conceal it.” He believes that Parris is an unworthy man for the job he has. When asked about why he won’t go to church on Sunday’s he tells people he prays in his own house. The town tries to say he is wrongful for that and shames him. He says “I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear

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