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nataliexox | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 30, 2010 at 7:03 AM via web

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What are some reasons that John Proctor is to blame for the crisis in Salem in The Crucible?

I have 2 reasons so far but I need one more

A) John Proctor committed adultry

B) John Proctor knew that the girls were pulling a performance and were lieing, but he kept silent and was too late when he confessed.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 30, 2010 at 8:26 AM (Answer #1)

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I think you have the two best reasons already listed, but another one could include that John Proctor is guilty of the sin of Pride.  He has alientated himself from the church, and made enemies of some townspeople such that he has both ruined his credibility and made himself and his wife an easy target.  He doesn't like the Minister and says so openly, was in border disputes with Mr. Putnam, and through his own personality and actions made it so he was less likely to be believed when he did come forward.  While this may not have been intentional, as he could not have known the crisis that was coming, when added to the adulterous situation with Abigail, it made it very difficult if not impossible for him to stop the Court from condemning the accused, his wife, and in the end, himself.

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