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IS JOHN PROCTOR A GOOD MAN Arthur Millers play The Crucible is set in the small American Town of Salem One of the main characters is John Proctor husband to Elizabeth Proctor and a feared though respected member of this New Jerusalems community John Proctor is a man who has some flaws but also many good points to his personality Various characters throughout the play highlight these differing aspects of Proctors personality Proctor also presents various personality traits as the play progresses but however at the end he emerges as a strong character who is essentially good and who is forgiven and forgives himself for his adultery with Abigail Williams Proctors physical description encourages us to see him in a particular way In the play he is described as the kind of man-powerful of body even-tempered and not easily led Though Proctor is physically strong it is soon apparent that his weakness comes from his relationship with Abigail Not only did he commit adultery which was and still is seen as immoral in a very religious community but he also took advantage of a servant in his employ and abused the trust given him as an employer as well as the trust of his wife This adulterous event is a pivotal issue in Proctors attitude towards himself and in the readers attitude towards him He is a sinner a sinner not only against the moral fashion of the time but against his own vision of decent conduct Proctor feels guilty about his relationship with Abigail when he is visited by Hale and asked about his commitment to the church and his knowledge of the ten commandments Proctor inadvertently forgets one commandment Thou shalt not commit adultery Proctor Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image Hale You have said that twice sir Proctor accounts for his lack of attendance at church in Act 1
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