The Crucible John Proctor Tragic Hero

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Many people experience downfalls in their lives. Some may be worse than others and cost them their life. The sudden realization is not enough to recover. In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, the story starts out with young girls dancing in the forest in Salem Massachusetts. The town accuses one of them of being a witch and from there it is chaos. Witchcraft is the talk of the town and people start dying left and right. The Salem witch trials is portrayed in the crucible and shows how people back then thought of others and the world. The character John Proctor, is a farmer and a well liked man in Salem. He is the tragic hero in the Crucible because of an affair he had, his mistake in judgement, and his personality flaw. John Proctor is a well-known …show more content…
Proctor made a choice to have an affair with Abigail Williams, a 17 year old girl, who caused a lot of trouble and is cold as stone. This is the tragic flaw, and ultimately made Proctor the tragic hero of the story. Proctor realized the mistake he made and makes it clear When he says, “But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again (Miller Act 1).” Proctor is responding to Abigail and she will not listen. In addition, he knows his flaw and attempts to fix it, but the situation is never resolved. By Proctor trying to fix his mistake, it shows he is a responsible person and emphasises the importance of his reputation in the town. John Proctor also spends the whole time trying to redeem himself and wash away his sin. Elizabeth, Johns wife, says, “He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him (Miller Act 4).” In other words, Elizabeth is saying his soul his pure now and he can die without having the horrible sin. Although everyone else knows about his tragic flaw, Proctor is willing to risk it and lift the weight off his chest. Proctor is easily seen as the tragic hero because of his high reputation in the town and when someone with that reputation has one mistake in judgment, it can only be that more obvious to people than with someone like Abigail. The town knows she is mischief, but people would not expect that with a well-liked …show more content…
After his sudden realization to try and stop Abigail, he gets his wife involved. Elizabeth is only trying to save John's name when she says, “My husband-is a goodly man, sir (Miller Act 3).” As a result, she tells the court he did not commit adultery. This is his mistake in judgement that led him to his death in the end. He knew his wife would be honest but Elizabeth decides to lie. She does this because she thinks she is doing him a favor but actually helps with his tragic flaw. Another key point, is Proctors personality flaw. In this case, John's personality gets him in trouble. For example, when Herrick says, “He sits like some great bird; you’d not know he lived except he will take food from time to time (Miller Act 4).” This shows Proctor's character and how he is modest yet stubborn. This is a tragic flaw because, he is always fighting with the court which does nothing good for him. He does not like to keep to himself, and therefore speaks his mind. This ultimately contributes to his downfall as the tragic

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