Proctor had committed adultery which lead to Abigail's love for him and ultimately ended up starting the witch trials. The wrong decisions, the noble choices he made, and the fate that he experienced allows him to be called a tragic hero. In the beginning of the play, John Proctor, the main character of the story, found to have been associated with a tragic flaw. Proctor and Abigail met each other and she tried to convince him to be with her. "I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I came near…” (Act 1).
A virtuous upbringing does not promise a virtuous death, but through integrity past misdeeds can be forgiven. In Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, the town of Salem, Massachusetts, in an uproar, stages a witch hunt spearheaded by a band of young girls attempting to use lies to avoid punishment themselves. John Proctor, a valued member of the Puritan community, battles with himself to do good. Proctor, a tragic hero, hosts the major flaw of lust, which leads to his downfall. Miller reveals early on in the play Proctor's infidelity, the first step towards his downfall.
He has a fear of public opinion and thinks everybody should think good of him, which contributes to his death. His decision to accept death rather than betray his friends and family allows him to recover the sense of goodness he lost when he committed adultery with Abigail and to serve his community. His fear of public opinion compelled him to withhold his adultery from court. He is outspoken and blunt in his disbelief of witchcraft, he initially chose to downplay the significance of Abigail’s accusations. This allows him to look rational but can also be seen like he is not making an effort to take the necessary action.
Due to his high pride, when he was accused, he would not give up his own name and say that he was a witch. He is a true tragic hero because of one error in his life which he made led to his downfall. First, the most important event of the play is John’s sin of adultery. In lust of passion John wandered from his sick wife and found himself in bed with Abigail Williams, his house servant. His wife, Elizabeth, would later of his infidelity and forgave him, but he never forgave himself.
By doing this Proctor is risking the possibility to hang. Throughout act one of the play the readers are given the initiative that John Proctor still has lust feelings towards Abigail Williams every time they encounter each other. He shows goodness and loyalty to his wife by confronting Abigail Williams and proclaims that he no longer feels the way he had for her. In act two John Proctor asks Abigail Williams to admit to the court that she and the other girls are faking. John is expressing his goodness to prevent his wife from hanging.
The townspeople have good intentions by trying to teach others that Adultery was a sin yet are doing the work of the Dark Man. By mentally crucifying this woman and making her wear the letter they are forming their own lust and vengefulness. While on the Scaffold she looks down to see her missing husband Rodger Chillingworth and he is horrified and ashamed. It is hard to forgive and Chillingworth mentally vows revenge to the one who impregnated his wife. He later tells her not to let his identity to be known.
Abigail’s whole purpose for the witch trials was to have Elizabeth convicted and killed so she coul... ... middle of paper ... ...e confession is a true religious and personal stand. This protest not only redeems John Proctor, but also leads him and six other condemned prisoners to the gallows, to die with dignity. John Proctor, like every creature, is imperfect and struggles internally with the guilt of an affair, the love of his wife, and his reputation in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Even though Proctor was a Christian and loved his wife, he committed an adulterous act, but felt genuinely guilty thus illustrating Miller’s resistance to creating a wholly good or wholly evil character. He was a man who made a mistake, a mistake that influenced Salem’s witch trials and resulted in numerous murders and imprisonments.
In the play ‘The Crucible’ the character of Abigail Williams does horrible things so that she can be with the person she claims to be in love with, John Proctor. Although he may have loved her once, Abigail’s love is unrequited, as John does not see her that way anymore. However Abigail goes to extreme measures to see that John will be hers again. Her love for John is what drives her to cause mass hysteria and panic among the girls in Salem. This leads to innocent people being accused of a crime they did not commit, which leads them to possibly facing a death sentence all because of Abigail.
In Macbeth, Macbeth’s tragic flaw of ambition is the biggest contributor to his downfall. Macbeth’s ambition is what allowed him to believe what the witches told him, despite Banquo’s warnings – Macbeth believed what the witches because he desperately wanted what they were saying to be true. As soon as he hears the prophecies, he starts to contemplate murdering Duncan to seize the throne: “Stars hide your fires/Let not light see my black and deep desires” (1.4.57-58). Macbeth himself states that the only reason he has for murdering Duncan i... ... middle of paper ... ... by grief and commits suicide. Similarly, in Macbeth, Macbeth was too late to discover that he was tricked by the witches, and is killed by Macduff.
Abigail believed that John really loved her, but for him it was just desire. As the story continues, Abigail gets furious and turns on John accusing his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, for witchcraft so she can get closer to John. When John realizes that his wife is put into danger by getting arrested by the court marshals, he is horrified. John is willing to die for his wife because he knows that he is sinned. When John goes court he says, “I would free my ...