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As one can see in Acts I and II of Arthur Millers The Crucible all characters have a dark side replete with moral weaknesses These personal faults are manifested in the characters actions and in the intricacies of his inner conflict John Proctor is a man with many moral weaknesses the first of which are revealed to the reader in Act I His most glaring moral fault is his having committed an act of adultery with young Abigail Williams As soon as he sees her his face betrays a faint smile This is evidence that Abigail still has an affect on his behaviour He also freely admits that he thinks softly of her from time to time Obviously he still has not put her out of his mind He knows what he has done is wrong yet he cannot or will not purge himself of the lustful desires that led him to sin in the first place This idea is reinforced by his looking up at Abigails window burning in his loneliness as Abigail describes it In many respects John Proctor is also deceiving himself into thinking he is beyond moral reproach He insists that he and Abigail never touched yet they surely did in both the physical and emotional sense He also reveals something of his strained relations with his wife when Abigail calls her a cold and sniveling woman he does not defend her but merely says Do you look for wippin In short Act I reveals John Proctors lustful desires and his inability to erase them from his mind In Act II we learn more of the effects Johns immorality has on his wife Elizabeth and his sense of justice As John enters the house he asks Elizabeth to bring in some flowers saying Its winter in here yet This show how cold his home has become his guilt and his wifes suspicion have
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