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The Changes of Salem A long trail of ups and downs forced Arthur Millers characters of The Crucible to show their true sides The structure of many of the characters changed throughout the play and was often very complex Some were seemed to be stubborn and arrogance and then changed for the good and others were looked at as good and then changed for the worse John Proctor and Reverend John Hale are characters in the play that have very complex and dynamic roles With each act in the play their characters changed and eventually evolved into totally different people by the end of the play A man who cared what people in his town thought of him turned into a man who cares about his family and ideals John Proctor is a respected man but has a secret that if released would damage his reputation The secret of his affair with Abigail Williams led to her destructive jealousy for Proctors wife Elizabeth This initial feeling sets the entire frenzy in action When the witch trails began Proctor realized that he can put an end to the crazy rampage the town is going through if he confesses to his adultery But since Proctor had such a strong desire for his name and reputation he does not want to ruin his good name Under pressure and frustration he finally bursts out with his confession and calls Abigail names in court Though Proctor tells the truth it did not help him it instead led to 2 his arrest and conviction as a witch At this time Proctors character takes a large turn for the good by redeeming himself He is offered the opportunity to make a public confession at the beginning he is hesitant but by the end of the play he is more concerned with his personal morals than his public reputation Proctor becomes a humble man in ACT IV his
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