"The Crucible" By Arthur Miller: John Proctor Charachter Analysis: Outline

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Kaylin TingleAdvanced American StudiesMrs. Berry/ Mrs. Miller30th September 2003Character Analysis OutlineI. Introduction and ThesisA. The Crucible by Arthur MillerB. Brief synopsis of playC. Additional DataD. Thesis: John Proctor, a small farmer in Salem, stands up for what he believes in, while nearly everyone else in the village of Salem gives into the mass hysteria.II. Proctor stands up in Act IA. Hale comes to Parris's house to see BettyB. Hale, Giles, and Proctor are discussing the current situation in SalemC. Giles says, "He don't believe in witches" (Miller 35). While Proctor doesn't agree to this statement, he doesn't deny the fact either, like others would do. "I never spoke on witches one way or another" ...view middle of the document...

D. While the rest of the town was agreeing and going along with the girls, Proctor knew that they were wrong and stood up for his beliefs.IV. Proctor stands up in Act IIIA. John brings Mary Warren to confess that she has liedB. After Mary gets frightened and says that John threatened her, he goes for his last resortC. "I have known her, sir. I have known her" (Miller 102)D. This quotation, referring to Proctor's affair with Abigail, shows that he will ruin his good name to stand up for what he believes in: that his wife is not a witch and that the girls have been lying all along.V. Proctor stands up in Act IVA. Proctor wrongfully confesses to working with the devil in order to live rather than be hangedB. Danforth insists that Proctor sign a confession stating this, and Proctor signs it, but will not give it to DanforthC. When Danforth inquires why Proctor won't give him the confession, John replies, "Because it is my name! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!" (Miller 133)D. After this statement, Proctor tears up the piece of paper. These actions show that he would rather die with a good name than live with a bad one. Instead of living, he stands up for what he knows is right to his death.VI. ConclusionA. The Crucible by Arthur MillerB. Relations in history: Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, HolocaustC. Restate thesis: John Proctor stood his ground to his death.D. Other characters show acts of fighting for what the believe in, while John Proctor ruins his good name by confessing to lechery and still dies because he believes in his cause, even though his good name is already ruined.E. Final thoughts

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