The Crucible By John Proctor Essay

748 Words Nov 17th, 2016 3 Pages
In The Crucible, there are three main authority figures; John Proctor, Judge Danforth, and Reverend Parris. The three of them have their own opinions about the law and have different motives to doing what they 're doing. Throughout the play, there are schemes and lies, especially within the authority figures of the village. Reverend Parris and Judge Danforth do not seem to have any previous problems with the law, until Act Three when Reverend Parris claims to not have seen the girls dancing in the woods to protect his family name. One may assume that John Proctor, however, has a few issues with following the rules, although he has good intentions. The Proctors do not go to church on Sundays because John can “see no light of God” (Act Two) in Reverend Parris. In this time, religion was a major part of villages and it was frowned upon to miss church without a valid reason. The Proctors have not been going to church in a while without a reason besides John’s personal feelings. Reverend Hale comes to talk to Mr. and Mrs. Proctor about their faith and witchcraft, because Elizabeth is accused of committing the crime. When John cannot recite all ten commandments, there is suspicion that God is not within the Proctor household, which leads back to Act Two. In Act Three, after Elizabeth is imprisoned, John Proctor falsely admits that he was a part of the witchcraft. Falsely accusing yourself or others is another crime punishable by being hung. While Judge Danforth…

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