The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

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A Battle of Pride and Righteousness The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, demonstrates an exceptional example of a tragic hero with the character John Proctor. A tragic hero is one who must undergo the transformation of a good and happy life, to a tragic downfall that concludes to one’s own peace and understanding that their fate was due to none other than their own flaws and decisions made in their lifetime. Understanding that nobody is without flaw and that actions must have consequences, the audience of a tragic hero makes a special connection with the character and becomes deeply saddened with their final outcome. John Proctor begins as a happy farmer living an average man’s life, with a dark secret. Proctor has committed adultery with his young household servant, Abigail Williams. When his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, has seen his unfaithfulness, she puts Abigail out of the house. Realizing his horrible mistake of dishonoring his wife, Proctor feels a deep dishonorment of himself. He feels as though he has brought immense humility upon himself and wishes nothing more than to make his wife happy once again. “I have not moved from there to there without I think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral marches round your heart. I cannot speak but I am doubted, every moment judged for lies, as though I come into a court when I come into this house!” (54). In this quote, Proctor presents his need to please his wife and his shame and agitation for what he has done to…

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