In “The Crucible”, by Arthur Miller, John Proctor is a hero for giving up his life. He is a great man of honesty and not many people would do what he did. A hero is thought to be someone who shows great amounts of courage and determination. This definition of a hero definitely fits John's character. He has more courage than anyone else in the book.
Abigail is one of the main problems in John's life. She causes a lot of trouble with John's family and the whole town. Their affair is an enormous conflict. John fights mostly with it internally and it tears him up inside until he has to confess. He cannot tell anyone and after he confesses to his suspecting wife the affair destroys his marriage.
John confesses to lechery with Abigail and he also confesses to being a witch. It was not easy for John to do that. Many other people throughout the play confess to witchcraft and sign away their lives to a lie. John does not see the point in it, because of his sin of lechery; he cannot live a saint’s life so why live at all? John dies with everyone knowing the truth about him. John says, “You have made your magic now, for now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor.” John rips up the confession he has just signed when he realizes that what he is doing is just going to make his family's lives worse.
In the end, John decides not to confess because he does not want to ruin the Proctor name. He does not want to lose his reputation over something that is not true. John does not want his name taken away. He says he will not sign the papers. He says “No because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” John does not want to disgrace the Proctor nam