Characters - John Proctor
- although some criticise his religious commitment, he is generally respected for his intergrity and holds a good reputation in Salem
- guilt ridden, self-depricating, complex protagonist, honest & independent, desperate for redemption, distrustful of authority
- the most understandable and relatable character in the play
- context strong connection between his situation in the play and Arthur Miller's in the anti-Communist hearings he was brought before
- he represents common sense and decency. He is not perfect and is very aware of his own faults, and is his own harshest judge (Elizabeth to John - "the magistrate sits in your heart that judges you")
- under strain in the play when dealing with the struggle inside him between truth and reputation
- "How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!"