Who Is John Proctor A Sinner In The Crucible

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Repenting sins is mostly believed to reset fate and open the golden gates to Heaven. John Proctor, one of the main characters in The Crucible, is a primary example of this. People could view John as a sinner attributed to him cheating on his wife Elizabeth, but he is vindicated through remorse. Proctor, in Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, is portrayed as a Christian man even though in the beginning he is not, due to the face of him seeking redemption for his sins and sacrificing himself for others. In the beginning of the play, John commits the immense sin, adultery, which he tries to rectify throughout the remainder of the tragedy. Proctor is characterized as a bad person in The Crucible as Miller states, “He is a sinner, a sinner not only…show more content…
During a session in court, John openly admits to giving Abigail Williams a motive to cause The Witch Trials. Proctor states, “I have known her, sir. I have known her… A man may think God sleeps, but God sees everything, I know it now, I beg you, sir, I beg you—see her [Abigail] what she is” (Miller, 110). The judge is astonished by the information at hand and demands Elizabeth to confirm the claim. She lies for the first time in her life, thinking that she will save her husband from execution, but proves John a liar. This leads him to act as he has consorted with Lucifer. As Proctor is awaiting his everlasting consequence, he is asked to write the names of the civilians he saw with the devil. John replies, “They think to go like saints. I like not to spoil their names… I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another. I have no tongue for it” (Miller, 141). Proctor does not want to give names of people he knows that were not communicating with the devil just to save his own life. He would rather protect his whole town and sacrifice his own life to save innocent citizens of Salem, Massachusetts. John Proctor capitulates his own life to save others who would otherwise be murdered due to Abigail William’s untruthful
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