An audience watching this play would see John as a rebel partly because of his relationships with the other characters. PARRIS It’s evident that Parris and Proctor have very low opinions of each other; Proctor does not go to church every Sunday anymore because he doesn’t believe that Parris makes it about God anymore- only about punishments and hell- and Proctor would much rather plough his fields instead. Their opinion of each other doesn’t change much throughout the play- if anything it gets lower. PROCTOR: I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only about hellfire and bloody damnation. Take it to heart Mr Parris. There are many others who stay away from church these days because you hardly ever mention God anymore. ” Here Proctor is stating plainly what everyone is thinking but in a much more sincere and stubborn way. “Take it to heart Mr Parris” is what shows the audience that he doesn’t like him at all as he is purposefully offending Parris using the relationship he has with God. GOD
His relationship with God isn’t a very strong one either- partly caused by the fact that he doesn’t attend church every week. There are also other reasons which lead us to believe he is not a very religious man: His last child was not baptized (which he admits in front of an important judge later in the play), it seems as if he keeps trying to overthrow the court, which would be a very serious offense, especially in the current condition their town was in where no one could trust anybody else and he commits adultery which is in the ten commandments.
In act two Hale asks Proctor to recite the commandments to him and he stutters and pauses as he recites them, leaving out the one about committing adultery. ABIGAIL Abigail is Parris’s niece and Proctors ex-maid. He had an affair with her while she worked for him, but he denies it to her face exclaiming that they “never touched” which makes her absolutely outraged and leaves her wanting revenge on him for casting her aside. He calls her “Abby” showing that they used to be familiar with each other but when she calls his wife sickly he snaps back with “You’ll speak nothin’ of Elizabeth! , showing that he still cares about his wife and feels guilty about what he’s done. ELIZABETH Elizabeth is Proctor’s wife. She obviously knows about his affair, as when he can’t say the commandment about adultery she “delicately” helps him out and in the stage directions it says “(as though a secret arrow had pained his heart)…… (trying to grin it away….. )” which tells us that he knows that she knows which makes him feel guilty and as though he has made a huge mistake because she’s being so kind and patient with him even when she knows what he’s done.
At the end of the play Proctor tries to protect her and save her, this probably comes from the guilt that he’s trying to make up for. Elizabeth treats him with kindness when they have company and in the end it seems as if she has grown to love him again because of what he’s trying to do for her and what he is willing to give up to prove her innocence. At first he treats her back with the same formal kindness but grows frantic when she is accused, showing the audience that he isn’t just a rebel or possessed by the devil, but that he is a caring and considerate man too.