How Does John Proctor Benefit Himself

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Being put in a situation that has a negative outcome no matter what an individual does can be relatively difficult. The reason for this is because that person will typically have to make an important and tough decision. The way one decides what to do demonstrates his or her personality and character. If the decision the person makes benefits themself, but negatively impacts the other person, it can be assumed that they’re uncivil and essentially self-centered. However, if the individual makes the choice that would benefit another person but doesn’t benefit themself, it can be concluded that they are caring and altruistic. Unfortunately, most people would rather save their own backs than do what’s right because it’s basic human nature to survive. …show more content…
Proctor feels that Parris is a lousy minister and is rarely positive. When Thomas Putnam confronts John Proctor about hardly coming to church, Proctor demonstrates that feeling because he “[has had] enough trouble without [coming] five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation. [Parris] hardly ever mention[s] God anymore” (Miller27). A main reason Proctor goes to church is to learn about God as well as strengthen his relationship with him. Since Proctor is not able to do this with Parris as Pastor, he wisely decides to cease going to church and pursues an independent practice of faith. Proctor is exceptionally observant of Parris’s true character when Parris expresses to Giles Corey that “I regard that six pounds as part of my salary. I am paid little enough without I spend six pounds on firewood” (Miller27). Proctor knows the scripture proclaims Christians to be content with what they have, so the fact that Parris is complaining about his pay is ironic. Proctor believes that if Parris is truly dedicated to his career in preaching, he should be worried about the betterment of himself and others around him rather than his pay. Proctor gets an even better glimpse of Parris’s personality when Parris states “There is either obedience or the Church will burn like hell is burning” (Miller28). Proctor easily sees that Parris is a …show more content…
Conflicted as John Proctor is, he ultimately perceives his own idealistic and moral values. Following that, he makes the arduous decision to confront his pastor and point out the discrepancies in the pastor 's messages as well as standing up to the corrupt authority. Meanwhile in doing so, he was able to recognize the conflicting life that he is leading. This important realization that he sees in his pastor and Governor led him to deal with his own issue, namely the affair he had had. In facing this major hurdle in life he then corrects himself in other areas as well and decides to live a life of honesty, integrity, and strong morals. Although this road is not easily attainable, he does the right thing. This is the choice that makes all the difference in reclaiming a faith filled

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