The Question and Answer section for The Crucible is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
John Proctor functions as the moral conflict and conscience of the play. We see many of the major themes in the play out within Proctor's conflicted soul. Check out John Proctor at this link:
The first act begins in a small upper bedroom of the home of Reverend Samuel Parris, who kneels in prayer at the bed of his daughter, Betty. This is after the girls have been discovered dancing naked in the forest.
ELIZABETH, faintly: No, sir.
DANFORTH: Remove her!
PROCTOR: Elizabeth, tell the truth!
DANFORTH: She has spoken. Remove her!
PROCTOR, crying out: Elizabeth, I have confessed it!
ELIZABETH: Oh, God! (The door closes behind her.)
PROCTOR: She only thought...