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In The Crucible Arthur Miller portrays the two main characters John Proctor and Reverend John Hale as good men The term good men in this play is ambiguous Reverend John Hale was a good man in the sense of being the perfect and good citizen of Massachusetts in the 1600s He was pious adherent to the laws and beliefs and a good Puritan Christian John Proctor on the contrary would not be considered the greatest citizen He was not so religious nor the perfect Christian and was not so adherent to the Puritans laws and beliefs However he was still considered a good man as a person rather than being an ideal Puritan citizen He was very honest moral loyal to his friends and family and was generous The major difference between the two are good citizen vs good person The most important trait to prove that John Proctor was a good person was his honesty In every scene in the play that John Proctor is in his commendable honesty stands out It didnt matter how much trouble he would bring himself into his philosophy was I may speak my heart Miller p30 Proctors honesty eventually lead to his downfall and death The first incident in the play where we see Proctors honesty is after the affair he had with Abigail He realized his mistake and was honest and admitted it to his wife Elizabeth In the next situation where Proctor is involved he tells the Reverend Parris why he does not like him and it also gets him into trouble He tells him Can you speak one minute without we land in hell again Im sick of hell p 30 He is honest yet disrespectful to his reverend While in court John Proctor is too honest to the judges He admits his guilt of not being a religious Christian and says I have once or
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