Who Is To Blame For John Proctor

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There are many reasons as to why John Proctor was killed. One of the many reasons are the girls Abigail Williams and Mary Warren. Each girl can be accused as to being the reason for his death, but Abigail and Mary are connected. Abigail’s love for John and her power over Mary Warren and the other girls are reasons for his death, along with Mary’s weakness. Mary easily falls to Abby’s power and this causes Mary to say and do things that get John killed. Abby thinks she’s doing the right thing because she loves John, but she’s only getting him in trouble. Of all the reasons for John’s death, Abigail Williams and Mary Warren are to blame. Abigail Williams is to blame for his death and for everyone calling out witches throughout the town. Abigail …show more content…
It is shown from the very beginning that Abigail has power over Mary. In act one, Mary tells Abigail that they need to confess and they must tell what they did. Abby says, “Let either of you breath a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you” (Miller 144). After this was said, Mary went home and never spoke of confessing again. Mary is a sweet girl and only wants to do what is right, but if Abigail is involved, Mary is easily persuaded to the wrong decision. In act three, when John Proctor is trying to get Mary to confess that the girls are lying and making up that they saw witches, Mary turns on Proctor. The girls started to mock Mary and act like she was conjuring them with her spirit. Mary knew she would be in trouble and maybe be hung if it kept going on. So she did what Abigail would do and she turned on John. Mary, out of nowhere, said, “Don’t touch me- don’t touch me!” She then said, “You’re the Devil’s man” (Miller 194) to John Proctor. If Mary was strong and could hold her ground, she would’ve gotten the girls to confess when the talk of witching first came out. She also would’ve never been put in the situation with John at the courthouse. Mary could’ve told John no or held her ground and made the girls admit they were all faking it. Mary Warren is a big part of John Proctor’s death because she is weak and she falls to Abigail’s power because she is afraid of

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