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The Crucible reveals that peoples private emotions and desires often have consequences far beyond their own lives Three characters that share that quality and who contributed greatly to the outbreak of hysteria in Salem are John Proctor Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor All these characters in one way or another brought eminence suspicion andor emotional relief into the town of Salem Proctor had to deal with both sides of Salems controversy In most eyes Proctor was a good man but some of the things hed done and said leave a few with different opinions Proctor grew emotionally and as a character in whole He started off as an outspoken man who didnt attend church for personal reasons not accepted by many others Proctor hesitates to expose Abigails true identity because he worries that their past relationship would be discovered and his name ruinedHe had committed adultery which in colonial times and according to one of the Commandments was a horrid thing to do Thomas Putman accuses Proctor of never going to church but Proctor claimed that was beaus his sermons were more of the devil than God Also because his skepticism of witchcraft Proctor was torn between the truth and falsehood He chose to testify against Abigail despite the fact that he felt bad and that he might still have feelings for her but in the end he felt that it wasnt worth it Proctor has to make another major decision He had to choose between signing a false confession which could ruin the fate of his community or sacrificing his life to save his friends By choosing not to sign the confession Proctor was executed but his strength courage and his infatuation with the good of the community
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