Why Is John Proctor Respected In The Crucible

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In the first act of “The Crucible”, it is evident that John Proctor is highly controversial among the citizens of Old Salem. There are Salemites that are friendly and treat him with respect, there are others that are infuriated with him, and there is one that has a grand lust for the married John Proctor. The reason many Salemites have a certain disdain for the name John Proctor, is that Proctor rarely ever comes to church. Proctor actively avoids coming to church, because he does not agree with the way Reverend Parris preaches. Agreeable among the other members of the church, Parris most commonly preaches on damnation and hell. While many dislike this, Proctor is evidently the only citizen to stop attending church because of it, as
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