John Proctor

Main
motivation
To
protect his wife and family after he feels guilty of committing Adultery with Abigail
Main
conflict
He committed adultery.
Wrestling with his own conscience
Personality
Down to earth, forthright, courageous, not overly religious, outspoke, stubborn
Effect on
plot
He has an affair with Abigail which she wants to continue. Her revenge and hatred
of Elizabeth initiate the hysteria of the witchcraft claims
Quote
"You will not judge me more, Elizabeth. I have good reason to think before I charge
fraud on Abigail, and I will think of it. Let you look to your own improvement before you go to judge your husband any more. I have forgot Abigail".
Role
in the conflicts
Causes Abigail to initiate the conflict; as he would not leave his wife for her
John Proctor
  • Respected and feared for his independence
  • Stubborn
  • Demanding master
  • Uncompromising and quick tempered; capable of violence
  • Defensive – especially of criticism of his wife
  • Strong sense of conscience and remorse
  • Maintains a personal vendetta against Parris
  • Strong sense of principles and the value of integrity
  • Independent and open minded
  • Courageous in the face of his oppressors
  • An adulterer in his home and a rebel and sinner in the church
  • Reluctant to expose Abigail because to do so would reveal his adultery – inner conflict
  • The catalyst - the accusations against his wife spur him on to confess the truth
  • He is unable to make the court believe him is essential to his suffering. The conflict has gone to the point of no return. The court cannot accept Mary Warren’s confession or John’s claims because to do would prove the court is a sham.
  • The only resolution possible is to publicly confess and in doing so blot his reputation ad publicly denounce his integrity
  • Proctor’s reputation, in the end, is more important than his life. His wife cannot take that way from him.