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Comparative Essay between Atticus Finch and John Proctor as Men of Conscience

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  • Submitted: 21/02/2012
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Comparative Essay between Atticus Finch and John Proctor as Men of Conscience

Both fictional characters, John Proctor from Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible" and Atticus Finch from Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" are considered to be men of conscience. A man of conscience is one who is aware of his moral and ethical judgements or pronouncements and has a strong desire to prefer right over wrong. His life his ruled by his desire of seeking truth and justice in all that surrounds him and within himself. These attributes are displayed by both characters throughout their stories.

In Arthur Miller's The Crucible; a play set in 17th century Salem a small town in Massachusetts burdened by the mad hunts for nonexistent witches, we are introduced to the character John Proctor. What differentiates John from the other inhabitants of Salem is that he refuses to hand over his good conscience, even if his life is on the line. This means that John would never accuse another as a witch to save himself.

Proctor is aware that he has sinned against the morals of the time, due to his affair with Abigail, a devious and

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