Analysis Of The Tragic Hero In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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The tragic hero is defined as, "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." (Web). There are

many tragic heroes in literature. A good example of a tragic hero is John Proctor, from Arthur

Miller's play, The Crucible. John Proctor is a farmer living a simple life in a Puritan town with

his wife and children. He has a secret, his affair with a girl named Abigail Williams. Williams

wants to kill Proctor's wife, so she and her friends start practicing witchcraft, which causes

turmoil in their town. The girls are put on trial. In order to save themselves, the girls start naming

names of people in the town, who they believe they have seen practicing witchcraft
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She wants revenge, and her

revenge results in John's tragic downfall.

John's affair is not the only flaw that he possesses. John's attempt at saving his reputation

is what eventually leads to his demise. He wants to save his reputation and knows the

only way to end the turmoil in his community, is to admit to his affair with Abigail. He

knows the confession would ruin his good name and end the hysteria in his community.

Elizabeth asks her husband to go to court and tell them that Elizabeth is a fraud. John refuses.

Elizabeth is arrested, John has to chose between his wife or Elizabeth. He brings Mary Warren

into the court to save his wife by confessing to lies and pretense concerning the accused witches.

Mary turns on him and John admits to being an adulterer. He saved his wife by putting his

reputation on the line. He is arrested. Elizabeth tries to protect her husband by lying to the

court. She wants protect his name, but he is arrested for perjury and witchcraft instead. He tries

to do good, but things keep going wrong for him, people feel sorry for him, and this adds to his

being the tragic hero of the

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