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Help me write a 2.5 page essay on Jonh Proctor from the Crucible?


i have not started it. i was half asleep in the class when we read so im kinda screwed. please help

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Crucible - John Proctor, a man with pride

    John Proctor plays the leading role in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. He was persistent, honest, and full of integrity. He was simply, a man with pride. A wise woman once said, "Do what you feel in your heart to be right--for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't." (Eleanor Roosevelt). Proctor was the protagonist of the dramatic piece of literature.

    When the play sets in to action, John has had a past affair with his servant Abigail Williams. His wife, Elizabeth Proctor is very forgiving of his sin, but John has his mind set that he will not confess to anyone else, in fear of ruining his good name, and reputation. The affair between John and Abigail caused the start of chaotic witchery and accusation. After the affair, Abigail became horribly jealous of Elizabeth Proctor. Proctor realizes there is only one way to stop all the witch hysteria in Salem, and that would be to confess his sin of adultery. Although he knows he should, he continues to be determined not to confess. Also in the beginning Reverend Paris is new to town, and John insist continually that he is only speaking of hell, and hardly ever of God, as Proctor goes on to say to Parris, "Can you speak one minute without we land in Hell again? I am sick of Hell!" (Miller 30). In the drama, Mary Warren places a needle in a poppet she gave to Elizabeth; John firmly demands that Mary Warren tell the courts that she really put the needle in the poppet that day. Proctor says to her, "You're coming to the court with me, Mary. You will tell it in the court." (Miller 80). Furthermore, at the end of the play Proctor is persistent by saying that no matter what anyone says to convince him differently, he would rather die an honest man and save his name. John Proctor took pride in his thoughts, feelings, values, and his name. It took persistency to make his intent clear to others.

    For many reasons, John Proctor is an honest man. By no means is Proctor afraid to tell you what is on his mind. In the beginning John truthfully tells Parris why he has not be at church recently, "I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation. Take it to heart, Mr. Parris. There are many others who stay away from church these days because you hardly ever mention God any more." (Miller 28). John realizes that he must confess his sin of adultery to the courts, only to stop the frenzy in Salem. After he confesses, he encourages his wife to do the same, "Elizabeth, tell the truth! Elizabeth, I have confessed it!" (Miller113). He confesses his sin, and speaks those words, only because he is looking out for the good of the community, and others around him. He hates that his name is tarnished, but feels that God will forgive him for it. Later, his honest shows again when he tells Abigail his true feelings by saying that he would cut off his arm before reaching for her again. * Proctor accepted the truth for what it was, not because he had to, but because speaking words of truth are actions of an honest and prideful man.

    Proctor is given the chance to confess himself of witchery. The courts want him to sign a legal statement of his actions, to post on the church doors. The court feels that if the community sees that an honest man confessed, they will feel that it's all right to confess also. Of course John refuses to sign. He knows that a false admission would not only dishonor him, but also strain his public reputation and his soul. He has high levels of integrity, by refusing to give up his personal integrity, he feels he will be rewarded eternal life in heaven. John would rather die knowing that he did not give in, and that he stood up for what he knew to be true. John also declined to give the names of innocent community members. He is taking a hit for the team. Proctor realizes that if he gives the names of innocent citizens they will be hanged. So instead he feels he has no choice, but to do the right thing, and die for the good cause. Proctor respects and stands up for his fellow neighbors. "I- have no knowledge in that line. But it's hard to think so pious a woman be secretly a Devil servent after seventy year of such good prayer." (Miller 64). Proctor's decision is not an easy one to make as a famous man once said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.). John is saving others lives, saving his name, keeping his pride, and his integrity.

    John Proctor died for his name, and many other reasons. He was a man of pride. He possessed the qualities of persistency, honesty, and integrity. With those attributes, I am sure he was rewarded his prize in heaven.

    idk would that be two pages? Also use a larger font so its easier to read on microsoft word and makes the 2.5 pages!

    Hope this helps!

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  • Donna
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    4 years ago

    Go with #1 - Seems to have the most clear instructions. 1. A crucible is a container used in metal refining. They put ore and scrap metal into the crucible, heat it at very high temperatures, and the ore melts. Any organic matter is burned off. 2. In the play, "The Crucible", the people of Salem created through their religion what was supposed to be Zion, or the city where God would eventually come to reside, but through their own beliefs, moral attitudes, religious zealousy, and finger-pointing, they created instead a fire of hate, lies, suspicion, and ultimately a complete lack of the forgiveness preached by religion. Those who went through that situation were either destroyed or came out the stronger and better for it. (Think of those stupid friendship games, quarrels, popularity contests, and torture by girls to each other in junior high. That's why they teach the play! It's the same kind of thing!) Good Luck.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Be very careful if you are thinking of using someone else's work as your own. It's better to research the answer for yourself; I've given you those resources and with a little effort on your part, you should have no problem putting a good essay together and with that comes a sense of achievement.

    The Crucible - Arthur Miller

    (1915 – 2005)

    The Crucible study guides contain a biography of Arthur Miller, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Dont even give me that $hit, do your own work son. And it helps to actually read the book becouse if the teacher asks you a question your not gonna be able to answer. Also keep in mind if you actaully use anyones other work to change it. But dont be a pan

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  • 1 decade ago

    how about u pay attention in class u dumbs#it maybe then u would have in a idea on what to write about. jk i have not stated mine either

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  • Rainy
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    go rent the dvd it'll give you something to work with

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  • Debdeb
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    What have you got so far?

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