John Proctor

Real Life vs. Crucible

John Proctor

According to research "John was 60 and Elizabeth was 41. They also lived with their 15 year-old daughter, 17 year-old son, and John's 33 year-old son who was from his first marriage, John was married two times before marrying Elizabeth." (Pomerleau) In the Crucible John is depicted to be much younger and also, Elizabeth too. Also, in the Crucible it is said that John Proctor and Elizabeth had three children, but all boys, which in inaccurate. Also, it wasn't told that John had two wives before Elizabeth it was just assumed they had been married, there was no one else because that was kind of the puritan thing,


Real Life

In the Crucible it was perceived that Elizabeth was accused of witchcraft and jailed, and she said she was pregnant to delay her hanging, but in actuality Elizabeth was pregnant before even being accused. "John Proctor and his wife were both convicted of witchcraft on August 5, 1692. The couple were sentenced to the gallows but Elizabeth’s sentence was delayed until the birth of her child." (Brooks) Not only that, but when I was researching I also found out that even John Proctor and Elizabeth's children and whole family had been accused of witchcraft as well, which the crucible did not show.

Real Life

Something that found very interesting that was not said in the crucible was, "Abigail had written a testimony against John Proctor." (Burns)

"Knowing the danger he and his family were in, Proctor wrote a letter to the clergy of Boston pleading with them to appoint different judges or move the trials to Boston where he felt they would get a fair trial. In his letter, he described the torture used against the prisoners and declared that the accused were innocent victims:

"The innocency of our Case with the Enmity of our Accusers and our Judges, and Jury, whom nothing but our Innocent Blood will serve their turn, having Condemned us already before our Tryals, being so much incensed and engaged against us by the Devil, makes us bold to Beg and Implore your Favourable Assistance of this our Humble Petition to his Excellency, That if it be possible our Innocent Blood may be spared, which undoubtedly otherwise will be shed, if the Lord doth not mercifully step in….If it cannot be granted that we can have our Trials at Boston, we humbly beg that you would endeavour to have these Magistrates changed, and others in their rooms, begging also and beseeching you would be pleased to be here, if not all, some of you at our Trials, hoping thereby you may be the means of saving the sheeding our Innocent Bloods, desiring your Prayers to the Lord in our behalf, we rest your Poor Afflicted Servants, JOHN PROCTER , etc."" (Pomerleau) I found this interesting when reading the Crucible none of this even happened was eve talked about. In the Crucible Abigail didn't write a testimony against John, because he loved her and only wanted Elizabeth to die.


Real Life vs. Crucible

Although Miller depicts Abigail Williams and John Proctor as lovers, "it is unlikely this occurred since Proctor was 60 years old and Williams was 11 at the time of the hysteria and there is no evidence that they even knew each other before the trial." (Burns) This is interesting because everything that happened in the Crucible was kind of because of John Proctor hooking up with Abigail and then her becoming jealous of Elizabeth accusing her and then everything goes downhill from there.

Works Cited

- Brooks, Rebecca Beatrice. John Proctor: First Male Accused Witch. Brooks, Rebecca Beatrice, October 27, 2011. Web. December 19, 2013.


- Pomerleau, Jessica. Elizabeth Proctor- Fiction of the Crucible vs. Historical Facts. Pomerleau, Jessica, February 8, 2011. Web. December 19, 2013.


-Burns, Margo, Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Fact & Fiction. Burns, Margo. 2003. Web. December 19,2013.

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