If I had to write a news article on why John Proctor's arrest in The Crucible and include some information on him and his wife, what information should I use?

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If you were writing a news article about John and Elizabeth Proctor the best way to approach it would be as a human interest story. You'd need to concentrate less on the actual Salem witch-craze and more on the effect that it's had on the Proctors and their marriage. To that end, it's important to include as much biographical and background information as possible, to put their stories into context. There's nothing that people like more than a good old triumph-over-adversity story. That's why it's important to stress how the Proctors have been coping with their terrifying ordeal, how they've managed to keep their marriage together despite everything that's been happening.

Human interest stories tend to be quite sympathetic to their subjects, so it might be a good idea to present John and Elizabeth as innocent victims of the mass hysteria that's been plaguing Salem. Bad things happening to good people always makes for a good story, not least because just about everyone can relate to it. Elizabeth is certainly a good person, and for all his faults, John is too.

No newspaper article would be complete without some kind of sex or scandal, and so you'd have to include John's extra-marital affair with Abigail. This would arguably be the most important factor in any newspaper story dealing with the Proctors as it adds the kind of spice that readers tend to go for. Whatever Abigail's numerous failings as a human being, she'd be a newspaper editor's dream come true. Her power, her sex-appeal, her reputation as a brazen temptress, all of these characteristics make Abigail a hot property for any newspaper, as well as an essential part of the Proctors' story.

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John and Elizabeth Proctor are well-known figures in Salem. They each have reputations and public identities that can be used in a news-style article. 

First, John Proctor is known as an honest man, even fiercely honest.

Proctor is an ordinary man, a blunt farmer who speaks his mind and is often ruled by his passions.

He does not hide his distaste for Reverend Parris, believing Parris to be selfish and greedy. This animosity leads to Proctor's choice not to baptize his youngest child. He does not want Parris to touch him. This enmity between the two men can be included in a news story about Proctor. 

Proctor's arrest comes after his admission to adultery. This scandalous news is followed by Elizabeth's attempt to protect her husband from public shame. She denies that the affair took place.

Her loyalty to John is most clearly demonstrated when, thinking to protect him, she denies that he has committed adultery.

Elizabeth is known publicly to be a kind and upstanding citizen. She is seen as being quite moral (until she is accused of witchcraft).  

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