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John Proctors Decision To Die Was Justifiable In the novel The Crucible by Arthur Miller a strict and disciplined puritan town is dealing with a case of witchcraft It started when a group of girls were found dancing and participating in mysterious acts in the forest John Proctor a simple farmer in this rigorous and religious town is a man of strong moral beliefs concerned only for the safety of his family and personal welfare He does not care for the beliefs of any of the other people in the town or for what the Reverend a strong community figure thinks either After trying to avoid involvement in the witch trials he is later prosecuted for witchery and sentenced to hang His reason for avoiding getting involved is to protect his image because he is afraid he will be committed of adultery something he did with Abigail Williams Abigail is one of the accused girls and also happens to be the Reverends niece Following these events he tries to save the lives of innocent towns people by admitting to this horrible offense of adultery but ends up losing the trial along with his life He did have a chance to live but instead of signing away his name to keep his life he wanted to die honorably with his friends rather than live a life of guilt and carry a blackened name John Proctors decision to die is reasonable and believable Proctor has come to regard himself as a king of fraud as long as he remains obedient to an authority in which he cannot respect As John talks with his wife Elizabeth discussing the matter of whether or not he shall confess he tells her of what a fraud he is I cannot mount the gibbet like a saint It is a fraud I am not that man Nothings spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long
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