Power of John ProctorI have to write a paper of how John Proctor struggles to free himself from the powers of others or gain power over others. I need six quotes! thanks!

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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You can also look to conversations that Proctor has with his wife. She represents the power of the community, to some degree, as she is fearful of any public announcement of the affair between John and Abigail for what the news might do to her, to John and to their marriage. 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Here is one example: "No more! I should have roared you down when you first told me your suspicions. But I wilted, and, like a Christian, I confessed. Confessed! Some dream I had must have mistaken you for God that day. But you’re not, you’re not, and let you remember it! Let you look sometimes for the good in me, and judge me not.” Another: "I'll tell you what’s walkin Salem- vengeance is walkin Salem, but now the crazy little children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law.” John Proctor did not give up. He saw the world begin to crumble around him, and tried to take a stand against it. He felt powerless, but still refused to give in. Not giving in was a way to take his power and strength back.
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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I would suggest that you examine Proctor's dialogue in court and when he is being told to sign the declaration. In both of these places, he is attempting to remove the power the courts have over him and take the power away from Abigail. In the end, he refuses to sign his name because it is the only thing he has left. He maintains his power over who he is.

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litlady33 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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I would look to conversations he has with Abigail. She has some power over him because of the affair. He knows that he cannot reveal the truth about her without revealing the truth of his infidelity to the whole village.

Also look to conversations he has with Reverend Parris. Parris has power over him because he is the one carrying through and validating the accusations of witchcraft. Because Elizabeth Proctor has been accused of witchcraft, Parris holds her life in his hands, thus giving him power over Proctor.