What three quotes from The Crucible show John Proctor as a dynamic character?

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John Proctor is considered a dynamic character because he undergoes a significant inner change, where his perspective and attitude dramatically transforms by the end of the play. In act two, John Proctor is a reserved, aloof man, who refuses to get involved in the witch trials. Proctor values his reputation and will not inform the court that Abigail Williams told him in private that she and the other girls were lying. In act two, Elizabeth urges him to address the court and Proctor demonstrates his reluctance to intervene by saying,

"I’ll think on it...I know I cannot keep it. I say I will think on it!" (Miller, 57).

After traveling to the court with Mary Warren in act three and admitting to lechery in hopes of undermining Abigail's authority, Proctor contemplates offering a false confession to save his life. Proctor tells Elizabeth in act four,

"I cannot mount the gibbet like a saint. It is a fraud...My honesty is broke, Elizabeth; I am no good man. Nothing’s spoiled by giving them this lie that were not rotten long before" (Miller, 138).

Despite the fact that he signs a false confession to save his life, Proctor hesitates when he learns that the court will have it publicly displayed. Proctor then undergoes a dramatic transformation by tearing his confession and choosing to die a martyr. Proctor reveals that he is a dynamic character by tearing his confession and sacrificing his life in hopes of disbanding the corrupt court. Proctor tells Reverend Hale and the court officials,

"I can. And there’s your first marvel, that I can. You have made your magic now, for now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs" (Miller, 146).

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A dynamic character is one who grows and changes over the course of a text (in this circumstance, a play). Based upon this, John Proctor is certainly a dynamic character.

Prior to the actual action of the play, John Proctor has committed adultery with Abigail Williams. Readers learn of this through a dialogue which takes place between both John and Abigail and John and Elizabeth. John's previous sin is deeply regarded by John; he feels remorse for his actions and has changed as a result of them.

John show his remorse for his action in the following quote:

God help me, I lusted.

Here, John is showing that he wishes to change based upon his asking God for forgiveness.

Another quote which speaks to John Proctor being a dynamic character comes from the scene where he is admitting to witchcraft.

I speak my own sins; I cannot judge another.  I have no tongue for it.

Here, John recognizes the importance of the truth. John, again, admits to his own sins. He no longer wishes to hide them and turn from God. Instead, he knows ho important it is to be honest in the face of others and of God.

One last quote, which speaks to John Proctor being a dynamic character, is "No, no Abby. That's done with." Here, John is speaking to Abby about their affair being over. He knows what he had done is wrong and no longer wishes to commit such a sin. John's ability to push Abigail away shows how his will to stay true, from here on out, and how he has changed morally.

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