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John Proctor's Mistakes In The Crucible

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John Proctor, a man of his name in 1692 was a lying, cheating man who could not stay true to his marriage and his family. Proctor may have worked hard and provided for his wife, but adultery was frowned upon, and not taken well in 1692. Is it a coincidence he can’t remember the 10 commandments, or is Proctor just a nasty man with no morals? Although Proctor may have been this at the beginning, did his mistakes make him change to a better man when his wife was given up for witchcraft? Proctor may have committed adultery, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love his wife Elizabeth. Everyone has made of mistake at some point in their life. Proctor wanted everything for her and his family, and after all love does change people in many ways,…show more content…
Proctor knows that Abigail has participated in witchcraft, but has no way to prove this. Abigail wants Elizabeth dead, and proceeds with this idea by wishing death upon her, so she can live happily ever after with John Proctor. Abigail the antagonist in The Crucible is the source of John Proctors many mistakes and failed relationship with God. When Reverend Hale asks Elizabeth and John to say the 10 commandments John confidently says, “Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods, nor make unto thee any graven image. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain; thou shalt not have no other gods before me. Thou shalt remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. Thou shalt honor thy father and mother. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.”(Act 2, p.173). John forgets one very important commandment, one should not commit adultery. John Proctor does not go to church because of his shame, he knows he made a mistake, but doesn’t know how to fix it within himself. He loves Elizabeth, but he got on the wrong at one point in his
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