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John Proctor as Tragic Hero in the Crucible.

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John Proctor as Tragic Hero in the Crucible In Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, the small town of Salem is engulfed in hysteria due to the accusations of children that many of the townspeople partook in witchcraft. Among the accused is John Proctor, a strong, steadfast farmer. John Proctor fulfils the requirements of a "tragic hero" by his actions throughout the story. His "tragic hero" status is illustrated by his efforts to save his wife from being put to death, his attempt to prove the children are making fraudulent claims, and his unwillingness to confess to practising witchcraft when accused. Proctor is a tragic hero in his efforts to save his wife. Proctor's first display of trying to save his wife is shown when the Court officials come to take Elizabeth away. ...read more.

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Thus John Proctor fails in trying to rescue his wife from the clutches of the false accusers; instead he falls prey to them. Proctor establishes that the children are lying in court with respect to their accusations of the townspeople. Proctor first learns of this through his household servant, Mary Warren who is one of the accusers. Proctor deducts from the events that Mary Warren and Abigail, the lead conspirator, are in cahoots in trying to kill Proctor's wife by accusing her of witchcraft. They come up with the idea of what is basically a voodoo doll that Mary Warren constructs in court and gives to Elizabeth. When Marry Warren is summoned to the room where all the commotion is and is asked if she has any knowledge of the doll and conjuring she says "Conjures me? ...read more.

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Proctor says, " I have three children-how may I teach them to walk like men in the world" when he has sold his friends and his good name (143). Proctor also explains to the judge "Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name"(143)! With this plea Proctor dashes all hopes of living and has established himself as a tragic hero. It is evident, that John Proctor is the tragic hero. This is demonstrated by his relentless crusade to free his wife; expose the children as frauds, and not confessing to witchcraft. Arthur Miller chooses John Proctor to be the tragic hero of the story because Proctor had so much too lose. ...read more.

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