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The Crucible Essay

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Schelby Christman
English III
Block 2
Character Analysis
The word of witchcraft runs wild through the town in the play The Crucible.   The act of witchcraft was charged on many people, and was all started by a teenage girl named, Abigail Williams. John Proctor was one of the many people charged. Throughout this time Proctor shows characteristics of honesty, braveness, and loyalty.
Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth, was also charged with witchcraft. Proctor knowing his wife had nothing to do with witchcraft, he went into the court on her behalf. Abigail Williams was responsible for the charge against Elizabeth. Proctor told the truth to the court. “I have known her, sir. I have known her” (1145).   At this time proctor admits to sleeping with Williams. He tells the truth to try and save his wife, although he would be disowned by his town for lechery.
Proctor is a very brave man. He knows the court is corrupted and everything is based on lies and the reputation of the court. He stands up to Danforth. “A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boots of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it is my face, and yours, Danforth! For them that quail to bring men out of ignorance, as I have quailed, and as you quail now when you know in all your black hearts that this be fraud---God damns our kind especially, and we will burn, we will burn together” (1151). To stand up to Danforth was very brave of him, because no one ever stood up to Danforth.  
Proctor hangs to remain loyal to this friends. He does not sell his friends out over a lie just to save himself. “I have three children---how may I teach them to walk like men in the world, and I sold my friends?” (1166).   Although he hangs to remain loyal, he did not want to set a bad example for his children. He wanted to keep his name good, rather than a lie.
Although the mass corruption in the town, John Proctor remained true to his self. Proctor stands strong in his beliefs and was not going to let Abigail Williams destroy...

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