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“To What Extent Does Miller Present Proctor As a Hero In the Cruicible?”

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"TO WHAT EXTENT DOES MILLER PRESENT PROCTOR AS A HERO IN THE CRUICIBLE?" In this essay I aim to find out if John Proctor is a man with all the necessary qualities to be considered a hero, or if he has too many bad points and is to be considered a non-heroic man. In my essay I will show that the good qualities (in my view) outnumber the bad. John Proctor is seen to be mentally strong by holding off the inconvenience of Abigail Williams. He refuses to give in to her demands, even though we know that they have a history together. He resists the temptation of resuming their intimate relationship, which if he had done could in some way have tied him to the devil if she had been questioned on the subject of witchcraft. Therefore he pushes her away and calls her 'child'. This is significant as it suggests that he is above her, and it must make her very angry. Also she is no longer a child thanks to him. The fact that he has had an affair in the first place though, is not heroic at all. ...read more.


In a way this makes me think that he is a hero because he is standing up for what he believes in, but it is a stupid thing to do at such a time. What could be seen as very heroic is that Proctor confesses to Elizabeth that he was alone with Abigail for 'a minute or two.' 'You were alone with her?' 'For a moment.' This all goes back to the fact that he is permanently honest, and he shows great courage by admitting to his wife that he was alone with the woman that he had an affair with. Proctor confesses his affair to the court in order to save his wife's life. This will show that Abigail Williams had bitterness towards the Proctors, as John picked his wife over her after their affair. 'Elizabeth I have told them' If both John and Elizabeth had separately told the court this Elizabeth would have been freed, but whilst trying to protect her husband she does not realise that he has already confessed. Afterwards, John falsely confesses to witchcraft to save his own life. But when he hears that his signed confession will be publicly displayed at the Church, he changes his mind and rips it up. ...read more.


'I'll beat the devil out of you.' This violent personality of his is almost certainly not heroic at all. He has threatened two women; no hero would do such a thing. The only time that he lies in the play is when he signs the false confession. But in those circumstances, I think anyone would have done the same as him. Anyway, he tears that up in the end, in order to save his good name. Miller wrote 'The Crucible' at the time when McCarthyism was at its peak. He uses the Salem witch-hunt to put forward his views on McCarthyism-the hunting down and prosecuting of any Americans who were thought to have taken part in anti-capitalism. The accusations became out of control and many people were asked to 'name names' of people in meetings held many years ago. Miller was himself brought before the committee led by Joseph McCarthy. He saw the public confessions required by the committee, as equivalents with the naming of names at Salem in 1692. Over all I think that there are so many more heroic qualities of John Proctor than non-heroic, that it is impossible not to declare him a hero. Miller purposely does this to show the reader/audience that Proctor is a true hero. Just the one act of dying to save his name makes him a hero. ...read more.

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