The Ethical Journey of John Proctor in The Crucible As He Tries Fixing His Mistakes

Throughout the period of the Salem Witch Trials America turned into a bloodbath sustained by fear and greed. In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible the puritan town of Salem and it’s people go through significant changes, specifically the main character of the play John Proctor. Numerous innocent people are accused of witchcraft and John tries to prove the court wrong, however winds up being locked up and sentenced to death. Through out the play, John Proctor becomes more ethical and will do anything to fix his mistakes, even if it implies to pass away.

In Act I and II of The Crucible, John Proctor acts selfishly. “Abby, I might consider you softly from time to time however I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever grab you once again. Clean it out of mind. We never ever touched, Abby.” (1109) John had an affair, however recently recognizes that it makes his spouse resent him. Without thinking about Abigail’s emotions towards him he informs her to forget their experiences together. This shows that John never ever had feelings for Abigail and benefited from her ignorant feelings. John also informed his spouse “I will take your suspicion no more, ladies.” (1122) His wife, Elizabeth, understands that he had an affair so she is suspicious. John does not comprehend why she’s mad after he said sorry, so he gets upset that his better half is still mad at him. This reveals that John does not comprehend his spouse’s feelings. Therefore, in Act I and II John just acts for himself.

In the next few Acts of The Crucible, John Proctor is starting to use his knowledge to speak up versus the trials. When Hale concerns his home for questioning after Abigail informed the court that Elizabeth was practicing witchcraft, he states” I– I have no witness and can not show it, other than my word be taken. But I understand the children’s sickness had naught to do with witchcraft.”( 1130) During this time, the court is sentencing multiple people to death for small actions. John recognizes that he has the chance to save lives if he informs the judges what he learns about Abigail. Another quote that demonstrates how John changed in Act II is when he tells Hale “And why not, if they must hang for denyin’ it? There are them that will testify anything prior to they’ll hang; have you never thought about that?”. He informs this to Hale after he tells John that he has actually questioned all of the accused and they confessed. John is speaking up to Hale about the corruption of the court, and eventually Hale concurs with John. The quotes used reveal that John has actually started to change into a much better individual.

John now recognizes that the court is corrupt since of his actions. After he litigated to admit his affair with Abigail, the court saw him as a liar and he informed the judges “You are pulling paradise down and raising up a slut!” (1152) The court continually relies on Abigail to figure out who is a witch, however she lies to sidetrack from the reality that she did witchcraft and slept with John. John understands that Abigail is lying and doesn’t desire the court to rely on her anymore. John is desperate for the court to believe him, however he understands that if he signs his name on the document he’ll never ever have the chance to speak in court again. After he refused to sign his name on the document saying that he admitted to witchcraft, he screamed at the court judges “Since it is my name! Because I can not have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Since I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have offered you my soul; leave me my name!” (1164) This was among the most psychological parts of the play due to the fact that Proctor has actually confessed that he hasn’t done witchcraft. If someone who was founded guilty of witchcraft states that they’re innocent, they will be killed since the court assumes that they’re a phony. John feels that if he confessed to witchcraft he wouldn’t be worth the dirt on the feet of those that didn’t confess since they decided to die pure than live as a liar, unlike him. This shows that John has actually certainly changed throughout the play.

Throughout the play, John Proctor ends up being more ethical and will do anything to fix his mistakes, even if it implies to die. John proctor went from acting selfishly in Act I and II, speaking out in Act III and to changing into someone that acts for the higher good in Act IV

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