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How does John Proctor change during the course of the play? How might this change be communicated on stage?

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How does John Proctor change during the course of the play? How might this change be communicated on stage? In Act one we first see John Proctor. He appears to be a very sharp and nasty man. We can see this in the way he talks to his servant, Mary Warren: "Be you foolish Mary Warren? Be you deaf? I am looking for you more than I am looking for my cows!!" If I were producing this play on the stage I would have Mary warren cowering away from John Proctor. This would give the audience an impression that he is quite a nasty man. But this all changes when he meets Abigail as she realises that he is still a powerful man even though he committed adultery with her: "Gah, I'd almost forgot how powerful you were John Proctor!" In the same conversation he shows he has feelings for Abigail and that he is a deceitful person: "Oh, how you sweated like a stallion whenever I come near." This language creates a sense of a passionate relationship. If I were producing this on stage I would have Abigail trying to hold John while he is looking away and checking no one is around. Even though he has committed lechery he is still protective over is wife as he tells Abigail that she 'will not speak anything of Elizabeth' to him. ...read more.


Hale and Cheever and is now concentrating on his wife. Proctor has faith that his wife 'never lies'. She confessed that she doesn't believe in witches even though her religion says she should believe in them. At the end of act 2 John feels quite scared as he is trying to make Mary overthrow the court and she doesn't want to do it: " My wife will never die for me! I will bring your guts into your mouth but that goodness will not die for me! " John character has gone from being angry to being scared in Act 2. In Act 3 John's attitude changes, as he becomes quite a false man. This is shown when he is in the court introducing his case to Danforth: "She has signed a deposition" The language indicates that he is playing a court game as he has written a legal statement. When he is presenting himself he is very polite to Mr. Danforth, this is probably in his attempt to overthrow the court. He responds to questions very politely and doesn't appear violent: "John Proctor, sir, Elizabeth Proctor is my wife" Even though John stays calm, Danforth constantly tries to interrogate him. This slowly increases his temper; he keeps to his words without erupting with anger, as he knows this will do him more harm than good. ...read more.


The floor is really dirty and John would never associate himself with being on a prison floor. If I where producing this play on stage I would have John in rags for clothes, he would be covered in dirt and he wouldn't be clean-shaven. This would show that his standards of living had dropped and that he cannot look after himself anymore. John Proctor and The crucible have parallel similarities to McCarthyism. Arthur miller may have used McCarthyism as a source due to his previous experience. John Proctor is the equivalent of an accused communist put before the house un-American committee. He will not give other names of other witches. This is just like communists will not give names of other communists. Danforth is interrogating John in the same way that Joseph McCarthy interrogates people. John is the hero as he spoke the truth about Danforth. He died a saint even though he was a sinner and broke one of the 10 commandments. He is a Martyr because he sacrificed his life for others. Throughout the play John's changes have a lot of effect on different characters. He plays a main part in "The crucible" and the Macarthite model. This shows that some people have the courage to speak the truth even if it means giving their lives for it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Barton 10Hp The crucible-English coursework 1 ...read more.

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