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In The Crucible John Proctor initially portrayed a sinful man whom had an affair struggling to prove to his wife that he should be trusted again The dishonesty of the betrayal of Elizabeth and his marriage to her changed though by the end of the play This transition in Proctors character showed he transformed from a deceitful man and husband to one whom was true to himself as well as his beliefs This paper will discuss Proctors change in character and his struggle with getting to the point in his life where he was finally at peace with himself In Act I John Proctor displayed his guilt about having an affair with Abigail Williams a young girl of seventeen with an endless capacity for dissembling Proctor convinced himself he was a sinful man that had done wrong and to have respect for himself once again he must break off all ties with Abigail When Abigail mentioned to Proctor the relationship she and he once had he said to her No no Abby Thats done with and Abby youll put it out of mind Ill not be comin for you more Even when Abigail tried to persuade Proctor to admit his love for her he still denied it and claimed he had no love for her any longer She said to him I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I came near Or did I dream that Its she put me out you cannot pretend it were you I saw your face when she put me out and you loved me then and you do now In all of Abigails persuasion to try to get him to admit his love for her Proctor replied Abby I may think of you softly from time to time But I will cut off my hand before Ill ever reach for you again Wipe it out of mind We never touched
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