What Are John Proctor's Flaws In The Crucible

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So from a general point of view, I strongly believed that John Proctor played a big role in starting the Salem Witch trials. The reason being is that we are able to view man a few of his flaws throughout the book with evidence to support each negative characteristic about him. So shall we begin. The first flaw that was noticeable throughout the book was his stubborn characteristic. This is a major flaw in his personality considering that he would go against the court and try to argue strongly against the judge throughout his trial. “Proctor has just finished signing when Danforth reaches for the paper. But Proctor snatches it up, and now a wid terror is rising in him, and a boundless anger” (Miller 131). This quote is an example of stubbornness …show more content…
“A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer. I see his filthy face! And it is my face and yours, Danforth” (Miller 111). This quote is a great example of pride because it shows that John had enough pride to just let it all out in the court and say things that would be make any man look guilty. In the process he also insulted Judge Danforth by adding his name to his statement and say that he views his face in the Devil’s body. “I have given you my soul, leave me my name” (Miller 133). This quote is a good example of pride because after signing the paper stating he was a man of sin he continues to argue against the Judge and court stating arguing that the court should at least let him keep his …show more content…
“There be no love for satan in this house, mister” (Miller 64). This is an example of hypocrisy in the story because of the fact that the adultery he is guilty for may have actually been committed in the exact same household. This is an example of hypocrisy not only because of the fact that the adultery may have been committed in the same house but also because his love for Abigail is disguised as Satan’s work, therefore contradicting himself making his a hypocrite. “But it’s hard to think so pious a woman be secretly a Devil’s bitch after seventy year of good prayer” (Miller 61). This is an example of hypocrisy because of how Proctor speaks very negatively on another individual that is only rumored to be involved with witchcraft. He says this to Hale thinking that no one in the court would find out and mention his actions of adultery during the trials. This evidence shows us that Arthur Miller could view injustice within this book because of how people’s lust and interests were able to lead ridiculous witch trials in the court and their morals being so horrific that they let others die in order to achieve their own interests. Also it’s worth mentioning that although most people can argue that Abigail Williams should be held the most responsible for the Salem Witch Trials, a point that most people miss is that this all could have been avoided

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