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John Proctor-Theme Analysis Paragraph Thesis-In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller the author illustrates that people who are challenged morally will undergo distinctive changes In The Crucible a play by Arthur Miller the author depicts the character of John Proctor as a morally weak but physically strong middle-aged man who changes to strong morals and weak health The fact that John had an affair with his servant Abigail clearly shows that John did have weak morals In the play it does not show the actual affair but the characters talk about it The first time it is mentioned is when Abigail reminds John of how they loved each other before Elizabeth dismissed her John denies his love and while they are arguing Betty begins screaming Later in the play John admits to the affair but it does not help his case Next when Rev Hale questions John about his faith the author shows that he is changing When Rev Hale asked John about the Ten Commandments and he missed the Commandment about adultery he shows remorse for his sin His wife Elizabeth had to tell him about that particular Commandment The context clues reveal that John s morals are being strengthened because Rev Hale tested him Finally at the end of the play when John rips up his confession and hangs the author uncovers just how much John really did change He speaks with Elizabeth after being imprisoned for months and He is another man bearded filthy his eyes misty as though webs had overgrown them Elizabeth would not tell him what to do so he had to decide for himself He picks honor to die for his friends and namesake instead of living John Proctor is confronted
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