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Proctor was by no means an innocent, but he was honorable. He made a mistake, and he'd committed adultery.............. he walked away from that and attempted to fix the problems within his marriage None the less, he was guilty of breaking his marriage vows.
Publicly, Proctor is well liked and respected. His secret is safe........ at least until Abigail decides she wants him more than anything else and is willing to see his wife burned to have him. He tries to get the girls to fess up but is unsuccessful, he refuses to denounce friends and the people he loves in order to obtain his own freedom, and he chooses to die rather than to have any part in the destruction of those around him. Proctor values the honor of others just as he values his own, and he dies because he is good and honorable in both his private and public persona.