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What are John Proctor's attitudes towards his land?

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Posted December 12, 2012 at 4:41 AM via iOS

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What are John Proctor's attitudes towards his land?

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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 16, 2012 at 8:48 PM (Answer #1)

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Although we are never told just how much land and wealth Proctor owns, we are led to believe that he does have a fair amount. He farms his own land and his status as landholder means that he ranks quite high in Salem society. This causes others, like Putnam, to envy him and covet his land. We see a glimpse of this in Act I when Putnam starts a dispute with him over where he gets his wood. He reacts quite angrily, showing that he is rather touchy on the subject.  But we also see another side to him at the beginning of Act II; when he comes in after sowing the crop, he appears relaxed and content. His land is important to him as the source of his wealth and social status, but he also seems to derive peace from it.

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