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Explore the motivations of John Proctor throughout The Crucible.

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Proctor's motivations change over the course of the drama.  While at first, he does not want to get involved, he moves from this over the course of the narrative.

Initially, Proctor does not want get involved in what is happening to Salem. When Abby originally tells Proctor how all of the hysteria over witches is manufactured, he smiles in an almost dismissive fashion.  When Elizabeth presses him in Act II about how he needs to tell the authorities what he knows, he deflects it.  He rationalizes that it does not meet the threshold of evidence and proof.  These actions show that while the...

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