John Proctor, in my eyes was all around a pretty good man. Except
for the fact that he committed adultery with Abigail Williams, when
she was his household servant. Proctor hates hypocrisy, and his
hidden sin causes a great deal of moral anguish within him. I believe
that he had good in him, because he wasn?t about to let Abigail get
away with lying, hurting others, or breaking up his family.
Proctor confessed to committing adultery to save his wife. That
was a big step for him. I feel that it showed love for his wife. His wife
had to go and lie, but it was to save him. The whole situation is
confusing to me. Abigail should have just told the truth and
confessed her love for John. I do not like her character at all. John
stood strong, though, like a man of his nature should have. If I was
him I would have cracked. He did crack some, but not like I would
have. I would have jumped on Abigail and beat her down. It?s not
right to lie like she did.
A moral dilemma occurred with Proctor over the decision to
confess or not to confess to witchcraft. I think he should have
confessed. Then, he would still have his family; his wife, his boys, and
the baby. He chose to save his name. In my eyes, that was selfish,
because now his family is fatherless, and has to suffer. Sure, if he
would have confessed he would no longer have his name, but couldn?t
he move away? It might catch up with him someday, but he would
still have his family and be able to go on living his life. What is
Elizabeth Proctor, his wife, to do now? She has to raise two boys and
a baby all alone. John should have confessed.
The ending of the movie really made me mad. Abigail should
have confessed her love for John and saved his life. She didn?t
though. I guess that is how it really went back then, in Salem.
Although, I do not agree with the outcome, I do think that it was
brave of Proctor to give his life. I think deep down Proctor knew that
if he died, Abigail would pay for what she has caused. Abigail only
wanted John Proctor to love her, but now that he is dead she can
never have him. She will be in pain for the rest of her life, because of
what she did. Proctor knew that too.