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How does Arthur Miller create sympathy for John Proctor

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How does Arthur Miller create Sympathy for John Proctor? Arthur Miller creates sympathy for John Proctor by using an array of techniques, for instance symbolism. I will also look at how Miller affects the plot of the story to create sympathy for John Proctor. The Crucible was based on a real life tragedy, the witch-hunts that occurred in Salem. Miller wants us to feel sympathy for proctor because otherwise there would be no need for such a formidable ending. There are several reasons why we might not feel sympathy for John Proctor. The fact that he lied to his family and children and had an affair with Abigail contributes to these reasons. His behaviour was seen as criminal because of the community he lived in. ...read more.

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Proctor is looked up to, as he has a high standing in the community. So when this respectable man admits to adultery and lying to everyone he loses respect from his neighbours. His wife then lies to the court to protect his good name, not knowing he has confessed to his crime she condemns them all when his case loses because of her. This creates sympathy for John Proctor as he really has now given everything for the cause but his wife going against her nature has cost him. And now because of the one lie she has ever told to save him has condemned him. One other reason that we may feel sympathy for John Proctor is that the court is blind to what is going on. ...read more.

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He tells them that "I have given you my soul, leave me my name." But this is not enough so they hang John Proctor for consorting with the devil. This creates sympathy because he has been hanged on false charges. I feel this is the main reason why we will sympathy amongst other things. He has been hung when we know the claims to be false. So In Conclusion, Arthur miller uses many different techniques to create sympathy for John Proctor, but in my opinion the main reason we feel sympathy for John Proctor is that we know he is a good man trying to right his wrong and with obstacles blocking him from doing so. Ian Bailey ...read more.

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