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Authur Millers The Crucible takes a close look at John Proctors conflict between his raw deeds and his conception of himself Throughout the play John Proctor is tormented by this conflict He struggles against his own weakness to achieve a view of himself that he can accept Proctor has to overcome tremendous emotional and moral hurdles and as a result his character develops into a different person His battle for integrity is lost many times before it is finally won in the plays final minutes In the beginning of the play John Proctor was nothing more then an average man John was well respected in the community and renown for his honesty Even though he is considered such an honest man few know that he is guilty of adultery with his old teenage servant Abigail Williams This compromises his honesty in the eyes of his wife and causes him to be doubted and not given the trust he deserves This also causes John to view himself as a sinner and as someone unworthy of the respect he is given After the accusations of witchcraft arouse John assumes a more prominent role in the community He assumes a leadership position in the movement to free Elizabeth Proctor Rebecca Nurse and Mrs Corey from the prison Although he fails in his motion to free his wife and friends from prison we see different sides to his character When the deposition stating Mary Warren had lied in court begins to falter John displays a very aggressive and violent attitude John who is unnerved by the lying of Abigail Williams grabs and shakes her This displays a very bad tempered individual who wont hesitate to resort to violence This is also shown when Ezekiel Cheever comes to arrest Elizabeth Proctor and John tears up the warrant From these events we can learn that when confronted by an issue which involves his loved ones he becomes
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