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Essay - Analyse of John Proctor from Crucible

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YEAR TEN GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE 20th Century Drama Coursework 'The Crucible' John is a flawed man. How, in spite of this, does Arthur Miller develop his character so that we admire him more and more as the play progresses? 'The crucible', by Arthur Miller, is a play that clearly shows many human struggles. Many of these come about as a result of the strict puritan society, in Salem, Massachusetts, in the 1660's witch trials. The first factor that the audience come across that start the hysteria is when some girls are caught dancing hiding in the woods. Because of how sinful it was to be seen doing 'unchristian' things, one of the girls, Betty, got so scared of what could be the consequences that she just lied down on a bed for 13 hours without moving. Miller shows through the play, how people would comment on this fact referring to witchcraft, leading everyone to believe in the false accusations. One of the main roles on the play is that of John Proctor. He initially gets involved on Betty's case for his authority and respect from the others. Then, Miller presents Proctor as a lecher who abused the love of a 14 year-old girl, Abigail Williams, who would, later on, charge on the court Proctor's wife, Elizabeth, of witchcraft imagining to get her out the way to Proctor. John Proctor, a farmer and a village resident in his middle thirties, 'He was a kind of man of a powerful body, even tempered. ...read more.

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(Proctor, Act Two) Even in a phase that Proctor's and Elizabeth's relationship seems to be walking under rocks, neither Proctor nor Elizabeth give up the respect for each other, 'I do not judge you. The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you. I never thought you but a good man, John - (with a smile) - only somewhat bewildered.' (Elizabeth, Act Two) During the play, Miller presents John Proctor character with different variations of personality along the play. From the moment that Proctor sees Elizabeth in a situation caused by his own faults, the audience discover a new side of Proctor, which previously could just be seen as an authoritarian, abusive and unfaithful man. Yet in Act Two, while Mr. Hale was in Proctor's house trying to investigate why Elizabeth has been charged on the court of witchcraft, Hale brought up the fact about how Elizabeth and Proctor have not been following the religious puritan life, by not going to the Sunday's Sabbath. Intrigued, Hale asks Elizabeth about her knowledge on the 10 Commandments. She firmly agrees, saying that she is aware of them. He then, asks Proctor, who also confirms the question. Trying to find out the evidence, Hale asks Proctor to say the commandments. With some hesitation Proctor says almost all of them correctly, although in the end he forgets one. Elizabeth, after noticing that Proctor could not remember it, said the last one: adultery. 'You see, sir, between the two of us we do know them all. ...read more.

Conclusion

But for an encouragement, first was needed an evidence, so Proctor was asked a written confession with his signature. Proctor, refused to write the confession, saying that God had already saw it. There are two important things that really worries Proctor about a written confession. If he confesses it, he will be spoiling names of people that refused to confess and had done nothing wrong, his friends. 'I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it.'; 'I have three children - how may I teach them to walk like men in the world, and I sold my friends?' (Proctor, Act Four). Also, he says that he cannot sign himself for lies. 'Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!' (Proctor, Act Four). At this point, the audience recognise Proctor's strength as heroic act, by trying to save his friends good names, totally different from Proctor at the beginning of the play, that had discussed with Elizabeth about her judging him. Proctor decided to hang, but not to lose his' and his friends' good names. Miller, presented through Proctor's character how a person can change from bad to good along the difficulties as it can happens in real life. In the beginning, Proctor that was such a selfish person, who did not care about anyone but himself, turned into an honest man. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ingrid Nicacio ...read more.

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