John Proctor Conflicts

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In 1692, the year of the witch hunt in Salem, Massachusetts, fright, and vengeance were among the people. The people being an unforgiving group of people during the time were more prone to causing conflict than they were resolving it. In the historical fiction “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, many conflicts prevail in the plot of the story. Some of the many conflicts include Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams, John Proctor and Reverend Parris, and Reverend Parris versus society. John Proctor has a burning dislike for Reverend Parris, for he won’t even let him baptize his last son. “I like it not that Mr. Parris should lay his hand upon my baby. I see no light of God in that man.” (pg. 1129) John stated as he confessing his dislike for Reverend Parris to Reverend Hale. Some readers may say that John doesn’t respect Reverend Parris’ authority because rather than calling him Reverend Parris, he says Mr. Parris. John believes that Reverend Parris is a greedy man that only wishes riches and authority. The conflict between the two is one that could be resolved in a manner of Reverend Parris teaching the ways of God with the resources he has and not giving into his greed. It could also …show more content…

Elizabeth and Abigail Williams, John Proctor’s one-time affair, have had a conflict throughout the play. From Elizabeth firing Abigail to Abigail naming Elizabeth as a witch. The conflict between the two has now become a life or death deal, where Abigail is willing to send Elizabeth to the gallows in order to be with John, her true love. The witch trials of Salem gave Abigail her opportunity to do just that. The conflict between the two could be resolved if Abigail were to succeed and Elizabeth dies, it is also possible if Abigail were to find a new man. The conflict may also be resolved due to the interference of another

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