Who Is John Proctor's Metamorphosis In The Crucible

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Metamorphosis The Crucible exhibits elements of tragedy, loss, deceit, and frustration, especially through John Proctor’s portrayal of the Salem Witch Trials. During these trials, his character’s traits begin to unfold. He shapes into a different character as the play progresses. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor develops into a dynamic, yet tragic character who faces several conflicts. In the beginning, John is depicted as unfaithful to both his spouse and church. His relationship with his wife deteriorates when he becomes this lying, deceitful man. "You were alone with her?... For a moment alone, aye.... Why, then, is it not as you told me" (Miller 2. 132-134). At the moment, he does not realize how dishonest and dishonorable he has become. These traits develop further when he does not respect many of the church bylaws. "I -- I have once or twice plowed on Sunday. I have three children, sir, and until last year …show more content…

He tries to stand up for himself and his beliefs more often. As well as, giving his opinion more and not caring about what others think of him. "... And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat" (Miller 3. 864-866). He confesses his big secret because he wants to begin anew. Likewise, he realizes that, in order to be a better version of himself, he must set aside his pride and do the right act. He does this by giving himself up to the court. "Proctor's struggle has led him to a heightened awareness of self but, in the process, he must become a scapegoat for society" (Adam 70). He grasps the fact that he must overcome his guilt and pride. In addition, He learns that he must forgive himself for his actions. "John, it come naught that I should forgive you, if you'll not forgive yourself. It is not my soul, John it is yours" (Miller 4. 498-500). This relieves him of his

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