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John Proctor and Abigail

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Write an essay discussing Proctor's relationship with Abigail. Why did Proctor have an affair and what prompted him to end his affair with Abigail? Planning: * Abigail worked as a servant in the Proctor home-he was tempted by a younger girl, who admired him and was in love with him: (page 17) "Gah! I'd almost forgot how strong you were, John Proctor" and"John; I am waiting for you every night." * When Elizabeth discovered the affair she dismissed Abigail. (Introduction) * Abigail becomes angry with proctor because he won't admit the affair to Elizabeth(Introduction) * John and Abigail talk privately about their relationship-Abigail's love for proctor is unrequited he thinks she is trouble: "Ah, you're wicked yet, aren't y'" * John seems to regret the affair and wants to make a go of his relationship with his wife. Their relationship seems to improve, especially The relationship shown between John Proctor and Abigail is very different to other living in the same community/village during that time. ...read more.


to take away his loneliness, but then Proctor doesn't take much time to prove her wrong as he mentions "Abby by I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched Abby" which basically means he does have feeling for Abigail but he cannot afford this news to be all over Salem village as he is unknown to the villagers of Salem and wants to keep it that way. Another reason why he wants this issue to stay put is because; John Proctor loves his wife and doesn't want to betray her again. He did it once and he shall not do it again. He has children who look up to him as a role model and John the father of the children getting into such alleged affairs will surely not help the children at all. ...read more.


It's a Win Win situation for Abigail because in the end she will have John all for herself, and all the respect for john in Salem village will be gone. The second reason is that Abigail is a very manipulative and a bitchy woman and she is always begs John to "pity" her and make love to her one more time, as if she hasn't learned a lesson getting caught once by John's wife red handed, After all a woman should know her limits. Abigail also pleads to Reverend Hale that "I never sold myself! I'm a good girl! I'm a proper girl!" which is not at all true, she might be a girl but she isn't a good one for sure. So john proctor breaking it off with Abigail in the end doesn't seem like a bad decision to me. I would do the same thing, but I am not John proctor unfortunately (he's the one with the two ladies). Jokes apart, John made the right choice, Abigail didn't deserve him. ...read more.

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