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I have given you my soul leave me my name Do you consider John Procter to be heroic John Proctor was a farmer in Salem Massachusetts in America and because he had a lot of land he was a well respected in the village He was married to Elizabeth and they had three children together He was involved in the 1692 Salem witch trials which provoked mass hysteria amongst the people of the village At the end of the trials twenty people innocent of witchcraft were hanged John Proctor was an ordinary farmer - how could he possibly be considered heroic Although Proctor was respected he was also somewhat feared People reacted to his air of authority For example Mary Warren the Proctors servant begs Pray pray hurt me not which to me suggests she is afraid of her master On a previous occasion Mary is said to have leapt up in fright when Proctor enters the room Proctor is strong willed and he has an inner belief in his own views and morals He is a principled man not a hypocrite He generally will not do something he doesnt believe in This point is illustrated by the fact that he will not go to church regularly because he does not respect the minister Reverend Samuel Parris Parris wants to replace the current church candles with fancy new gold ones To Proctor this seems like a very materialistic attitude to take - especially for a man of the church It seems to me ironic that Proctor is the one objecting to Parriss desire for the candlesticks because typically the minister is meant to set an example for his parishioners to follow Proctor is not easily led and so he will not bow down before Parris as he does not respect him and so he thinks it is not right to go to church if he does not approve of the minister Also
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