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What is John Proctor? I am no saint; for me it is fraud. I am not that man. Explore Millers Presentation of Proctor in The Crucible. How far do you agree with Proctors Analysis of himself?

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'What is John Proctor? I am no saint; for me it is fraud. I am not that man." Explore Miller's Presentation of Proctor in The Crucible. How far do you agree with Proctor's Analysis of himself? In 1962, Salem was affected dramatically by the tragedy of witchcraft. Miller use's this hard-hitting occurrence to structure his story named ' The crucible'. By using a real event this can really affect the audience and influence them into picking up more understanding of the play and the happenings that are involved, hence the fact that witchcraft does not seem like a fully believable event. Miller uses the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials to symbolize the 1950s anti-Communist purges. The events of the 1692 Salem witch trials mostly parallel those of the McCarthy trials. If you opposed the McCarthy investigations, you were accused of being a communist. If you opposed to the Salem Witch trials, you were accused of being a witch. Those accused suffered great consequences in both the Crucible and the McCarthy trials. As the McCarthy trials were still currently going through during the release of this play it made the play more effective and easier to relate to. ...read more.


The following script after this quotation confirms the audiences suspicions by Proctor and Abigail discussing the relationship that they once had, and Abigail attempting unsuccessfully to rebuild a relationship only by Proctor turning her down firmly. Proctor's relationship with Elizabeth is first introduced at the beginning of Act 2. When Elizabeth delivers Proctor his dinner, it reads that "She watch's him eat" and when he compliments her cooking she "blush's with pleasure". I think this activity shows that Elizabeth is very keen on pleasing Proctor. The audience already know at this point of the extramarital affair that Proctor had with Elizabeth betraying his wife. So at the beginning of act 2 I pick up that Elizabeth is attempting greatly to hang onto their marriage even with their tinted history. As of their history there must be a decent amount of tension between the both and mistrust going on discretely. Proctor is portrayed as a good man but who has made very somewhat foolish mistakes in his past, which he tries to almost block out. When Elizabeth mentions his past betrayal in act two Proctor declares "I have not moved from here to there without I think to please you" I think this shows his immense remorse and that he truly is a good man at heart. ...read more.


top of the fact that its his role as a husband to care for her and to keep her absent from upset. When Proctor attempts to influence Mary Warren into testifying in court on his behalf she informs him of the problem that Elizabeth will expose him of his lechery. Proctor states; "Good, then her saintliness is done with. We will slide together into our pit" this line shows his major courage and that he will risk his pure stainless name for his wife, a sign of trust and heroic behaviour. At this point his selfless motive is to get his wife out of the darkness of the court even if it does risk his name, or if worst comes to worse his life. As Mary Warren has informed Proctor of the girls pretence in court he sets out to relieve the court of their manipulative acts and to output in many more lives being saved, another heroic act. In conclusion I think that Proctor's analysis of himself is somewhat false as throughout the play he has shown signs of heroic occurrences and he has realised of his past mistakes and felt regret. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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