John Proctor As A Tragic Hero In The Crucible

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John Proctor As a Tragic Hero In some Novels, there would more than one character that is a tragic hero. In the book, Crucible, one of the character, John Proctor is a representation of a tragic hero set by the author, Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller had defined that the tragic hero is an average man. But, in order an average man can be a tragic hero, this person should have a fault that leads to the tragic downfall. This kind of fault would not be able to accept his fate if it ruins his dignity of his character. The hero will suffer anything rather than signing away his honor, name, and dignity. An average man like John Proctor is a tragic hero that had suffered a lot to be an honest man, honor and protect his good name, and his dignity. A tragic…show more content…
Unfortunately, John Proctor waited too long to attempt to turn things around in town. The girls had already accused more than 90 people. His wife is already in jail and he would not have her die for him and so he goes Court to make things right by putting down Abigail's rampage throughout Salem. “Proctor:If she is innocent! Why do you never wonder if Parris be innocent, or Abigail? Is the accuser always holy now? Were they born this morning as clean as God's fingers? I'll tell you what's walking Salem--vengeance is walking Salem. We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law! This warrant's vengeance; I will not give my wife to vengeance!” Proctor had went to court to protect Elizabeth by having Mary Warren say that the girls, who runs the court to determine who is involved with the devil, are a fraud. He already confessed that he had an affair with Abigail, and he was willing to confess his adultery. Even though he confessed all this, it would ruin his good name, but in all he had a great emphasis on his reputation. As the court goes on, John even makes more mistakes that had led him to the…show more content…
“Proctor, laughs insanely, then: A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it is my face, and yours, Danforth! For them that quail to bring men out of ignorance, as I have quailed, and as you quail now when you know in all your black hearts that this be fraud...” Although he had committed Adultery, tries to stay away from sin, and confessed he had lusted with Abigail, he was unsuccessful to end the case of the innocent people who are accused for witchcraft and being executed. He tries to turn things around and stop Abigail to threaten and accuse people in Salem, but he had gone too far saying he had compacted with the devil. Because of this, he has been arrested and is marked to hang. In the last scene, John had finally confessed to witchcraft and is sent to jail, but he was given a way to get out and be free. Other characters have known that Proctor is the only one that can end this for good only if he confessed and gets to go home with his wife, Elizabeth. However, Proctor signed the confession paper and the court were gonna take it to tell the village that he has confessed, but he snatches the confession paper and he tells them that he does not want another name under god. he wants his name left alone. He then tore up the paper and was sentenced to be hang. Because of this, it shows that his ‘flaw’ is not his sin with Abigail but instead his inability to

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