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The Crucible - Do you agree that Proctor is a "melodramatic hero" whose committed choice for personal sacrificing death returns order to the world?

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Wednesday 8th of October 2003 Question - Do you agree that Proctor is a "melodramatic hero" whose committed choice for personal sacrificing death returns order to the world? John Proctor is one of the main characters from the Crucible. The play has the structure of a classical tragedy, with John Proctor as the play's tragic hero. Honest, upright and proud man that thinks for himself and stands up for his values against everything else. Proctor is a good man who places great emphasis on his reputation. John Proctor is a strong, steadfast farmer who doesn't allow himself to be caught up in the "hysteria" of the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692. Although the people of Salem respects and see him as a good citizen, he is independent and has a strong opinion about what he's having to see. Proctor is also very honest, speaking his mind no matter what. He is certainly not a perfect man though he is feeling guilty after being lecherous with his wife's servant, Abigail Williams. ...read more.

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Proctor redeems himself and provides a final denunciation of the witch trials in his final act. Offered the opportunity to make a public confession of his guilt and live, he almost succumbs, even signing a written confession. His immense pride and fear of public opinion compelled him to withhold his adultery from the court, but by the end of the play he is more concerned with his personal integrity than his public reputation. He still wants to save his name, but for personal and religious, rather than public reasons. Arthur Miller firstly points him out with a flaw, his affair with Abigail Williams that has left him with a guilty conscience, making him a troubled sinner but at the same time gives him a kind of humanity that the people which read the book may recognise in themselves. Throughout the play he changes by becoming a person of high moral standards. John reaches heroic status when he decides to rip up the confession and take personal dignity over life. ...read more.

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Suddenly Mary Warren accused John Proctor of dealing with the devil and that he had came to the court to "eradicate" it. John Proctor was then arrested and this led to his execution. Mary Warren had betrayed him. To conclude this, John Proctor is a very good man who certainly isn't afraid to speak for what he believes in, even if it means losing his life. In this play, it shows that he effectively had been through a crucible, not for purifying metals, but for purifying people; from the adulterer to the good man that hung with Martha Corey and Rebecca Nurse. I agree with the statement 'John Proctor is a melodramatic hero' because John started off being fraudulent and insincere man but as the play went on we saw him gain a lot of respect. He gained his respect because he was loyal to his friends. I think the tragic feeling is evoked in us when we are in the presence of a character that is ready to give up his life, "returning order to the world", to then secure his significance of personal dignity. Juan Pablo Rodado 10.5 ...read more.

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