The Crucible

How does John Poctor sought justice and dignity in the crucible play

how does Joh proctor sought justice and dignity in the crucible play?

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John Proctor is a conflicted man. He has been unfaithful to his wife Elizabeth with their much younger maid Abigail. This plagues Proctor for the entire play. Proctor is a man of absolutes. He sees in himself the weakness of infidelity which he uses to flagellate his conscience all the time. When the hysteria of the witch trials break out, Proctor's wife Elizabeth is named by the vindictive Abigail (she had been dismissed from the Proctor house). Proctor goes to great lengths to save his wife. He publicly confesses his adultery and breaks into the courts demanding they hear Mary Warren's testimony that the girls are frauds. AS the play goes on individual justice and dignity are the first casualties. Innocents are humiliated and sent to their deaths while the witch court and accusers enjoy freedom and self-appointed "sanctity of God". In the end stripped of all his honour and self-respect, Proctor has a chance to save himself and his wife by falsely confessing to the courts. John Proctor can not sign the false waiver that implicates him with the Devil and validates the witch courts existence. Proctor realizes that in the end, all he has is his name. Any dignity he has lies within the honour of his name; his word is the essence of who he is. Proctor trades his life for his dignity. He finds dignity is the only thing worth living for.