Introduction Crucible Character Study (Question 1) Of all the characters in the Crucible, John Proctor is perhaps the most admirable.
He has strong personal principles and the courage to stand by them. He tries very hard to please Elizabeth because his affair with Abigail Williams has left him with a guilty conscience.
He can use this evidence in court to show that she is guilty, but he is reluctant to.
He tries to find other ways to prove her guilty without losing his respect.
Also, Proctor is able to get away free if he agrees to sign a paper saying he was an ally of the devil.
He struggles to lie that he did work with the devil.
Parris has no respect other than his respect for being very religious.
If he were to loose this respect, he would be ruined.
However, if he were to stand up for them and say they are innocent, he would be going against the bible.
When he says that someone did not see the devil, he himself would be accused of making a pact with the devil.