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"John Proctor is the tragic hero of The Crucible". How far would you agree with this statement?

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"John Proctor is the tragic hero of The Crucible". How far would you agree with this statement? A tragic hero is a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. During the play The Crucible, a play written by Arthur Miller, the character John Proctor suffers a change in fortune from happiness to misery. Proctor is an honest, brave man that carries a hidden fact, a fatal flaw. Proctor's flaw is his lust for Abigail Williams that throughout the play leads to jealousy and hysteria and in the end results to his own death. Proctor is considered to be a tragic hero; this is because he suffered from his bad decisions, which were the causes of the trials. Abigail, a true symbol of evil, defeated him. She influenced him to betray his wife Elizabeth, leaving her lonely and forgotten. ...read more.

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there, he reflects upon the blackening of his name and chooses to die with dignity. He stood up for the innocent people that were wrongly accused and died leaving the message that for him, truth was more important than his own life. 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!" With this argument Proctor dashes all hopes of living and has established himself as a tragic hero. In the other hand, there are some points that could state than John Proctor isn't a tragic hero. Some people support the idea that if Proctor really was a sincere, brave and decent man, that he wouldn't leave his sons and wife behind with no one to take care of them. ...read more.

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Proctor doesn't accept the fact that innocent people are dying because of a made-up story. Proctor is a human being like others, he is good hearted and like everyone else, has his own mistakes and flaws. No one in the world is perfect and I think we can't be so judgmental and agree that a man that gave away this own life with dignity, to save his town cannot be called a tragic hero because of a flaw. Hence, the protagonist John Proctor is definitely a man of distinguished valor. Moreover, he is distinguished by exceptional courage, aiding him to fight for a cause. Even though he is an honest and pure character, one of his few unambiguous flaws, is a fatal one. The long-term consequence of his affair with Abigail is the cause of his tragic death. Proctor's personal integrity is determinant to his fate, but paradoxically, it also leads Miller's 'hero' to his self-salvation, as stated by Elizabeth at the end of the play: "He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!" Sophie Secaf 18/10/04 ...read more.

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