Why Is John Proctor A Dynamic Character

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s John C Maxwell once said, “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” The theme of this quote can speak largely for John Proctor, one of the main characters in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The reader first meets Proctor as a sinful man because of his past relationship with Abigail Williams. As the story progresses, John becomes willing to repent and act upon his past actions. Towards the end of the story, heroically, John had the ability to stay brave, even when he faced by death. Based on his actions and decisions made throughout the story, John is a dynamic character.

As the curtain opens, the reader meets John as he converses with Abigail. John is considered
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The reader can start feeling a little bit better about John as they continue along with the story. It seems to finally start hitting John that this one sin is what could cost not only his wife’s life, but his own. John says, “She cannot think it!” (197). This quote was said after Elizabeth was warned by Mary that she was accused. Elizabeth then explains to John that Abigail is trying to get Elizabeth killed, so she can have John all to herself. Although John doesn’t want to believe it, he knows that Elizabeth is correct. From there, he realizes that things are about to start getting bad, and it’s all because of one mistake that he made. This is the first change we see in John in the story. It is evident that John is becoming aware of the consequences due to his lack of loyalty. John shows more willingness to repent when he says to Danforth, “I have known her, sir. I have known her” (220). In the court, John realizes that things are only getting worse, so he was willing to give up his good name and tell Danforth his sin of adultery. At this point John Proctor is plagued by regret, realizing he has put his loved one in danger. The reader gains a little more confidence that Proctor is sorrowful for his actions, for he was willing to confess for the well-being of his wife. The opinions that change for the reader overlap with the changes that go on with Proctor within the story. Unfortunately, John will rue this impetuous

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