John Proctor's Integrity In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, demonstrates that all actions have reactions. A simple undertaking can have many unexpected consequences. There is no way to predict what will happen in response to an effortless act. John Proctor is a serious man who tends to speak his mind in any situation. He is very strong-minded and stubborn. Throughout The Crucible, John Proctor’s actions are driven by guilt, pride, and integrity. John Proctor has affected the lives of many people in Salem Village. Abigail Williams, Mary Warren, and his wife, Elizabeth Proctor were of the main people to be affected by the actions of John Proctor. Abigail was affected by his integrity, or his temporary lack of integrity. Proctor committed lechery with Abigail, and he never thought that it would be the cause for a group of girls to commit witchcraft, people dying, and people being jailed. “But I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again…,”(p. 1370) this quote demonstrates John Proctor’s integrity and guilt. Abigail is making advances on him and he turns…show more content…
His guiltiness saved her from being executed for a crime that she never committed. When his lapse in integrity occurred and he committed lechery, it caused Abigail to want to be his wife more than ever. In order to become his wife, she had to find a way to remove Elizabeth from her position. Abigail’s condemnation provided her with the perfect opportunity to accuse Elizabeth of witchcraft. Elizabeth was bound to hang, until John Proctor’s guilt came into play. “My wife will never die for me…,”(p. 1311) this quote shows that he knows what is happening is because of his actions in the past. He feels guilty for what happened and knows that it is his responsibility to end the madness and save his wife. John Proctor affected his wife immensely with his guilt by confessing lechery and then acting as if he hates
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