How Is John Proctor Powerful In The Crucible

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Power can be extremely toxic. Having too much or too little power can influence people's behavior. In the Crucible, men and women have very different power dynamics. Men were seen as the superior gender. They were stronger, more powerful, and had complete control over their wives and the entire household. They provided for the entire family. Women were more docile. They would take care of their children and husbands. They didn’t have any power or say in anything in Salam and were often ridiculed. John Proctor was considered one of the more powerful men in Salam. He had a good name and was well respected by all. His fault, committing adultery with Abigail, would be the downfall of all the power he had. Abigail Williams was seen as a child. She …show more content…

Her resolve for being in a relationship with John allowed her to gain power. John Proctor is a powerful character. His good name is where his power is derived from. But Proctor knows that he is a fraud. Due to that, he suffers from a lot of guilt and self-hatred. In a very religious community, he has broken one of their ten commandments and committed adultery with Abigail. If this were common knowledge, John's good name would be demolished. The poem The Man in the Glass written by Dale Wimbrow messages self-reflection and reputation relates to what John Proctor is experiencing. It says “Some people might think you're a straight-shooting Chum and call you a wonderful guy. But the man in the glass says you're only a bum if you can't look him straight in the eye"( Wimbrow, 3). John can fool everybody but the one person he can not fool is himself. Abigail and the …show more content…

She starts with zero power. She was just a child who was in love with a married man and wanted to get rid of his wife. She was very different from the other women in Salem. She did not agree with the power dynamic of women. She says “They want slaves, not such as I. Let them send to Barbados for that. I will not black my face for any of them” (miller,570). She doesn’t want to work under anyone and continues to be powerless. Abigail comes across an opportunity to gain power and she takes it. She falsely admits to witchcraft saying she danced with the devil and wished to be saved. The adults believe her and “save” her from the devil in return for who was there with her. She lies calling out names. She continues to name people becoming powerful with the ability to accuse whomever she wants and is believed to be telling the truth. She finally uses her power to attack Goody Proctor, John Proctor’s wife. She claims that Elizabeth uses her spirit to attack her and gets her arrested to be killed. In the end, her power backfired and got the man she was fighting for killed. Her lies start to catch up with her so runs away before she could be

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