At the essence of plot development is the inclusion of dynamic characters. Dynamic characters are those that develop over the course of the plot from their original renditions or from the characteristics that they originally exhibited. One of the examples of works which have dynamic characters can be seen in the play “The Crucible.” Two defining, dynamic characters are the Reverend Parris and John Proctor.
Parris is a notable dynamic character in the sense that at the start of the play, he is terrified as to how witchcraft can affect his stature within the community. (Blakesley, 1992) By the middle of the drama, he has developed into a person who accepts the prominence and sense of ability that the trials have provided him. The fear he once had is no longer evident and it is quickly supplanted by a confident display of authority in the town and the courtroom. (Blakesley, 1992) By the time the last act has developed, he is again afraid of the repercussions that the trials have caused him.
One of the more prominent dynamic characters in the story is that of John Proctor. Proctor is originally a man who refuses to find any sort of involvement in the conflict of the drama, to one who is afraid of the involvement he’s gaining to eventually becoming one who has no care about anything other than the name that he has gained. (Bloom, 2008) He originally goes from dismissing Abigail as one who will always cause trouble with a very inherent sense of irony to a man who screams, standing largely, about the name that he has gained and the legacy he has made. (Bloom, 2008) These two characters represent many dynamic characters within “The Crucible” and are presented as pivotal characters within the context of the story and the situations which surround it.