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An old proverb once said tis not the path to hell but hell itself that is paved with good intentions Indeed good intentions were what lead the people of Salem Village to act as irrational as they did when they falsely accused innocent God-fearing people of witchcraft It was good intentions that turned they good-hearted holy people of Salem to cold-blooded murders Good intentions were also what lead to the downfall and eventually the execution of John Proctor in the play The Crucible by Arthur MillerJohn Proctor was a simple farmer in the beginning of the play He had not always been the perfect husband or father but at this point in time he was trying to amend The plot of the play thickens as the reader finds out more about John Proctor especially the fact that Proctor was guilty of lechery He becomes a key figure in the play when he tries to discredit Abigail Williams and failsHis personal character is steadfast in belief and creed However the same cannot be said for other peoples opinion of him This is mostly apparent in the character of Reverend Paris and Reverend Hale In the beginning they were suspicious of Proctor They thought that he was the devils advocate so to say As time progresses their opinion of him changes When Abigail the ringleader of the girls who started the accusations leaves town they pretty much assume it is all a sham The rest of the play they try to save Proctors and all the other condemns lives Proctor was viewed as a respected man in the community by all except those previously mentioned His wife also treated him with a tinge of hatred This is understandable because of his affair with Abigail When he was found guilty of being in league with the devil the court and some people in Salem lost all respect for himThe attempts made by the two Reverends at the end
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