Paper: The Different Changes in John Hale and John Proctor in The Crucible, a Play by Arthur Miller

During his conversation with Proctor’s wife, he admits he “mistook” his “duty” in their “village” and he messed up letting the court murder the people; in addition, he begged Elizabeth Proctor to make her “husband” “confess” to the “lie” so he can live (Act 4 pg.132). He went from saving Salem to saving the witches of Salem. This reinforces that Salem changed him by showing he switched sides. John Proctor was never proud to lie to anybody. After Proctor gets home after speaking with Abi and greeting Hale, his wife makes him food and has a conversation with him. Knowing Proctors past with Abi, she asks him questions about what they were doing together. Proctor thinks he is being “judged for lies” and is insulted that she is questioning him. He is defensive about what he was doing because he did lie to Elizabeth Proctor. As he matures during the story, he has to go through conflicts that put him in a tough spot. John Proctor has to sign to a lie that he has associated with the devil and he chooses to rip the statement and stand by the truth. Proctor doesn’t want to “sign” himself “to lies” and dirty his “name” as he begs them to “leave” his “name” alone. This suggests that he changed from a lying husband to a man who refuses to lie even if it means his death. In the end, you see Salem change two characters during the Salem Witch Trials. Today in our generation a “witch trial” could be America profiling Muslims because of 9/11. Similar to how the courts profiled the defenseless like blacks and the poor. Hale and Proctor had to go through a lot to get to where they were at the end of the book. John Hale switched sides during the Salem Witch Trials and he completely changed. John Proctor changes from a liar to an honorable man after he battles his conflicts. This supports that the Salem Witch Trials changed the two characters....