How do Proctor's feelings toward Abby change in "The Crucible"?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In echoing the previous thoughts, Proctor begins to understand Abigail's fairly manipulative nature.  He realizes early on that this entire notion of witches is an elaborate ruse to continue what was shared between them earlier.  It seems as Abigail further descends into a moral abyss where lies and deception are coupled with the intentional hurt of others, Proctor acquires greater moral stature in standing up for "his name" and what he believes to be right.  It is also interesting to note that his feelings towards Abigail have to change as he endures this level of moral ascendancy in that he becomes a better husband in the process.  Hence, at the moment where he is facing his most painful of conditions, he has acquired moral stature and the distinction of being a good husband.

mkcapen1 | Student

I the play "The Crucible" John Procter had been involved in an affair with Abigail.  He realizes he was wrong and tells her that he has to end the relationship.  He did not want to hurt her in the beginning but was aware that his actions were wrong.

After Abigail starts going against  John's wife and falsely accusing her of witchcraft, John is aware that she still wants him or to hurt his wife.  Abigail makes some derogatory comments to John about his wife.  John pleads with her to drop the charges.

As John sees more evidence of Abigail's willingness to allow his wife to die for her own selfishness, he becomes angry and enraged with ehr.