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How do you think Arthur Miller wishes the audience to respond to the character of John Proctor in 'The Crucible'?

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Emily Bowles 10RM English Literature Post- 1914 drama How do you think Arthur Miller wishes the audience to respond to the character of John Proctor in 'The Crucible'? Arthur Miller was born on October 1915 in New York City. His Family came from Austria and immigrated to America. The 1929 stock market crash, and the economic depression that followed it, ruined the family business so that when the young Miller graduated high school there was no money to send him away to University. So instead, he took various jobs to earn money, including two years at a shipping clerk in an automobile- parts warehouse in Manhattan. He applied to the university of Michigan in 1934 where he studied history and economics, but also taking a course in journalism and playwriting. Arthur Miller has written many successful plays in his lifetime, including All My Sons which opened in 1947 and ran 328 performances on stage. Arthur Miller was inspired to write 'The Crucible' by reading a copy of Marion Starkey's book The Devil in Massachusetts. He believed that The Crucible had relevance to the time the play was written. He believed that the American government was on a witch-hunt to destroy communism because they were scared of the power countries in Asia and the USSR had, which is like the people in Salem, who felt they had to hang witches, because they were scared of the power witches may have. ...read more.

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I am looking for you more often than my cows!" This gives the dramatic impression that John Proctor is quite harsh and strict. When the other girls leave Proctor and Abigail start talking, Abigail is flirting with Proctor, she says "John- I am waiting for you every night." However he replies with "Abby I never give you hope to wait for me" This shows that Proctor is the one who is trying to end the affair with Abigail, because he knows he has a family. When the girls are blamed from worshiping the Devil Abigail quickly blames Tituba, the West- Indian slave. Parris, goody Putnam and Hale question and threaten Tituba and she begins to name witches. Abigail and the other girls join in the naming. Tituba confesses because of the threats from Parris. "You will confess yourself or I will take you out and whip you to death, Tituba!" Tituba feared for her life so felt she had to confess. At the beginning of act 2 it begins in the house of John and Elizabeth Proctor. John walks into the kitchen and adds some salt to the pot and sits down. Elizabeth walks in and serves Proctor some food. Proctor compliments her "It is well seasoned" This shows Proctor is metaphorically trying to make his relationship better with his wife. ...read more.

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"Danforth: Your husband- did he indeed turn from you? Elizabeth: My husband is a goodly man, sir. Danforth: Then he did not turn form you. Elizabeth: He- Danforth: Look at me! To your knowledge, has John Proctor ever committed the crime of lechery? Elizabeth: No, sir" Proctor is made to confess, or risk loosing his life. He decides to make a false confession to save his life, but however when he is made to sign his confession he refuses, he argues that his name is with him his whole life. The audience would have the impression that John Proctor is a good, self- respecting, brave man. John Proctor then went on to be hanged for a crime he didn't commit. My conclusion is that in the beginning of the play, John Proctor has the impression that he is a sinner with a past, who is trying to change into a better person but still with a violent and aggressive temper, However by the end of the play we see a different side to him. He changes into a man with dignity and pride, who is willing to die for his sins of lechery. I think he is trying to prove something to his wife, that he regrets his sins and is sorry. Arthur Miller uses long sentences in a dramatic way to add depth to The Crucible, to gives effect and suspense. ...read more.

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