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Matthew Martinez
Mrs. Tyree
English III, Per. 4
th

4 December 2013
The Crucible
The Crucible so tragically puts a man, John Proctor, who peaks early then falls in
disgust. A good man at first, John is faithful and ever so loved by his wife, Elizabeth. John takes
a road traveled by many and falls short, entangled in a web of lust and jealousy, John slowly gets
to his feet. John Proctors fame and glory makes him stumble to his knees and he loses the grip
on love leaving behind a forgotten truth.
Proctors fame and glory at the beginning of the play was elegant and respected. Proctor,
respected and even feared in Salem, (144) Proctors reputation is well thought of and with no
hint at all, we can see he contains a hidden force inside him. Later we come to realize that our
hero contains not a hidden force, but a secret dwelling inside him. Abigail has stood as though
on tiptoe- absorbing his presence, wide-eyed. He glares at her (Act I, lines 86-88) Upon
seeing this, John has become aware of Abigails presence, as Abigail has to John. Proctor and
Abigail meet upon disagreeing terms over the past. With a bitter distain for the past, Proctor is
face to face with lies and sins, which turn into a greater evil no man, could hope for.
While in the midst of all this, someone is pulling the strings to dancing puppets. a
sinner not only against the moral fashion of the time, but against his own vision of decent
conduct. (144) John, who holds a secret not known by many, is the spark of a fiery lust fueling
the train conducted by deceit. John, a sinner, is faced with the past of immoral acts, stands to
reason with the truth of sins and an act of delusion played by many. Adultery is the cause of all
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the actions of Abigail, liar, actor and lover. Why Abigail Williams charges her. (Act II, line
753) Now Abigail has crossed the line when she accuses Elizabeth for being a witch. John,
knowing his sins are the cause of these lies, attempts to fix this predicament. Alas, one cannot fix
what cannot be undone. John cannot save his wife for he would have to confess to adultery,
which is a crime punishable by hanging. Now, John and Elizabeth are entangled in a web of sins
with no escape, but a dim hope that John never sees for that hope is Abigails desire.
Another hope shows its face, a confession he must make. To save his lovely wife, John
must die and Abigail is now long away. Will you plead for his confession? (Act IV, line
386) Johns confession to being a murderer is the only chance for Elizabeth to live with the child
on the way. Speaking with John alone, Elizabeth speaks of his child and the happiness they could
have had. Because I lie and sign myself to lies! (Act IV, line 727) Signing a paper of
deception, John sees now that he must be forgiven and the lies that come with a confession cause
him to hang. John, a man who falls and slowly rises, ends his life with honor.
John Proctor, a tragic hero, was well respected then falls into sin and rises to make his
mark on life. Sin and lies made something great turn into a fallen hero. With John Proctors sins
and the guilt of Abigails deception, the town of Salem, Massachusetts has no dignity left to
withhold the townspeoples rage. The legacy of Johns good fortune lives on throughout the
town of Salem and her people.