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In the play The Crucible Millers picture of the Salem witch hunts of 1692 may fitly be examined as a work of dramatic art as a product of the author and as a social document A major character that enabled the dramatic art to come into play is John Proctor himself who was a leading character and Arthur Miller built up to the big scenes seen throughout the play where the characters are made to be seen as more appealing The characterization shown with John Proctor was not only detailed but an essential part of the play Without Proctor having a part through the play it would have been dull and boring John Proctor was hardheaded strong and skeptical The Tenacity of his beloved wife Elizabeth is nevertheless made to weaken to confess to a lie in order to give a more theatrical effect to his final resolve to proclaim and to die for the truth On the other hand Proctor will lie privately but he refuses to sign so that his lie can be made public John felt if others knew of his lies he would have a bad name He always wanted to have a good nameWhen in court John was questioned as to whether he was having or not having an affair with Abigail The questions were directed toward Johns wife Elizabeth Proctor had made certain to the judge that Elizabeth could not and certainly would not lie Sure enough when Elizabeth was questioned she ended up lying to try to save her husbands reputation from being ruined Meanwhile she had no idea what John had previously stated and how this wouldbring on the deterioration of his character This is where irony took its part with Elizabeth testifying that John certainly is not a lecher but John previously admitted Abigail was his eager whore This twist gave a dramatic effect toward The power shown in the big scene with the maid who
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