In Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, John Proctor is a man who sadly discovers the difference between justice and personal agendas.
In Salem, during the infamous witch trials, justice had become a travesty. Young girls who had been discovered cavorting in the woods (believed to be the province of the Devil) were so afraid of punishment in this rigid and strict environment, that they started making up stories about the Devil and people in the community that were witches or warlocks. Worse, adults joined in because of personal vendettas. For example, the Nurse family was quite large and prosperous. The Putnam family was particularly jealous, and it is most probably for this reason that the exemplary Rebecca Nurse is called a witch.
John Proctor is well-respected, but he has been unfaithful to his wife, having an affair with Abigail (one of the girls). John, who knows the depth of his "sin," has tried to atone. Abigail has been fired from working in the Proctor household, and John will not...
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