Do any of the characters in The Crucible demonstrate or go against transcendental qualities?

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Transcendental means "rising above common thought or ideas" according to the American Heritage Dictionary. It's a philosophy that "asserts the existence of an ideal spiritual reality that transcends the empirical and scientific and is knowable through intuition." Considering this, John Proctor could certainly be seen as having transcendental qualities. He definitely rises above the common thought in insisting upon his innocence and taking his good name to the grave. He goes against everything that he sees happening and in that way, it could be said that he knows it through his own heart/intuition. Others in Salem, including Parris would go against those transcendental qualities because they can't rise above the common thought. Rather, they add to the fear by believing what is easy to believe.