In order to classify someone as a martyr, one must first identify just what exactly a martyr is. By definition a martyr is someone who makes great sacrifices for a principle or cause that is larger than self-gain. In Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible; there are numerous characters who have the ability to be considered as a martyr. But alas, one character who is commonly referred as a tragic hero, stands out more than the others. John Proctor is one of the main protagonists in Miller’s play. At first glance he seems to have achieved the “American Dream”. He has a job, a house, a loving wife and two kids; it almost seems like he has the perfect life. But he has one regretful secret; he had an illicit affair with the play’s antagonist, teenager Abigail Williams. Since the affair, Abigail has been on a jealous rampage. She has let her emotions completely cloud her judgment and has even gone as far as to accuse the people in Salem of witchcraft. Her main target, Elizabeth Proctor. Once John figures out that the “witchcraft” is just a ploy by Abigail, he is reluctant to tell anyone of it. Because his pride and fear of the public’s opinion has compelled him to withhold this information from the court. That is until, Elizabeth is accused and is taken to court. Once his wife is taken, John is willing to go to any …show more content…
Partly because they can’t see how Abigail could have made it all up; and partly because they don’t want to admit that they themselves were wrong and that they sentenced innocent people to their deaths. So the judges come to a decision that John is actually a victim of witchcraft himself and they await his confession that he has made a pact with the Devil. John knows that the court won’t change their minds and that he only has two options. Face execution or bind his name to a lie by agreeing that he was in cahoots with the Devil. John chose the
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John Proctor is not a tragic hero in the beginning of the story because he was a bad person with his wife by lying to her about Abigail. But towards the end of the book he realizes the mistakes he has done and he wants to make a change about it. Wants to start to stop lying to himself and to others, then if it will not end well. John Proctor does not qualify as a tragic hero because he was breaking laws by having a affair with Abigail Williams behind his wife backs and when his wife Elizabeth confronts him about Abigail and him about having an affair John kies in front of her face. It goes throughout the whole story.
John Proctor is a pedofile but a hero. In Arthur Miller's movie, "The Crucible,” released in 1996 in the United States, the town of Salem is consumed by a mass hysteria as people are accused of witchcraft left and right. John Proctor, the star of the movie, plays a crucial role on how he could have been the character to have ended this madness. In "The Crucible,” I believe John Proctor could have ended the hysteria in Salem by avoiding the affair with Abigail Williams, being more honest, and exposing the lies. To begin with, John Proctor should’ve left Abigail Williams alone.
Mary Warren tried to tell them she had put the needle in there after she was finished making it but they proceeded to take Elizabeth into custody. John was accused of witchcraft which means he is automatically guilty, it is not like present day, “innocent until proven guilty”. This means he might have to confess to save his own life. John was clearly irritated by Abigail’s acts in the courthouse he actually confesses his sin of adultery with Abigail.
Now that Reverend Hale is seeing through the girls lies, John receives more confidence having a high authority member on his side. Unfortunately, Hales strong recommendations have no affect and John must figure out a way to prove his wife’s innocence. The court finds her illness suspicious and relates it back to witchcraft. At this point John knew the only way to help himself come to terms with his decisions and help not only his wife, but the names of all of the innocent lives and families affected by the trials, he must confess his adultery. By admitting to his sin, he will show Abigail’s true intentions behind all of the accusations and slander the girls created.
John Proctor’s development changed dramatically over time in the play. At first he didn’t have much to say about the witchcraft. Then Abigail Williams brought his wife into the situation to make her go away, only because she fell in love with him when he committed adultery with her. Abigail figured that if she involved John’s wife, Elizabeth, into the witchcraft then he would have no choice but to go back to her. John assumes the only way to save his wife would be him admitting to adultery and telling the courts that the only reason
In numerous literary works past and present, tragic heroes are often prevalent throughout the plot of the story. A tragic hero, as defined by the world renowned philosopher Aristotle, is a character who makes a judgement error that leads to his destruction. Some prominent examples of a tragic hero in literary works is Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Oedipus in Oedipus Rex, and Achilles in Greek mythology. One literary work that may not be notorious and prevalent for having a tragic hero is The Crucible, a play written by author Arthur Miller. This play is mainly known for its mass hysteria and false accusations, but what is ignored is the fact that a tragic hero is prevalent in the society of Salem, Massachusetts, and this man’s name is John Proctor.
The Relationship Between Proctor and Abigail #2 John Proctor and Abigail Williams have a very complicated relationship, that heavily influences the events throughout the play, The Crucible. Without these few events, the witch trials may have never begun. But what were these few events? For one, Abigail and Proctor had an affair. Abigail was a house maid for Elizabeth and John Proctor.
In my opinion John Proctor is the protagonist of the crucible, because there are some reasons. One reason for me is that John Proctor is starting the Salem witch trials indirectly. It is Abigail who starts the trials, but she only does it to kill John’s wife to be the only one John love and they finally can get married. Because of that the relationship between John, his wife and Abigail is in the foreground. Another reason why John is very important in the Crucible is that he has a strong voice in the community.
This is evidently ironic as one would need absolutely no evidence in the accusation itself, exemplifying McCarthyism. Regardless, Abigail, through Mary, was able to accuse John of witchcraft with little to no evidence and as a result of this, he is condemned to hanging. John’s confession should have been enough evidence however; life in Salem, at that time, went along with the concept of “hearsay.” Illustrated on page 94 when Judge Danforth says, “But you must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road
John would not run away with the girl who is causing him to loose his life and loose his wife. He will be condemned rather than holding a lie and running away. After being arrested, at first, John agreed to sign a document saying he was involved in witchcraft. However, after signing it and knowing that it will be placed on the church wall he changed his mind. He stated: “Because it is my name!
In order for that to not happen, they had to keep on doing court meetings on and on, to keep this witchcraft from occuring in their own town. In the middle of the story Abigail meet John in the woods, she started talking to him about his wife Elizabeth. She started to make him get closer to him. She spread a lie about some witchcraft being spread to other people, and why innocent people are being sentenced to death. The looks in this quote is the facial expression she had in that clip of the movie.
One of the most powerful human emotions is desire. Everyone is constantly trying to fulfill their own desires. A desire or passion may be so strong it can conflict with morality. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Abigail Williams, is driven to go against her moral duty and pursue John Proctor. She will stop at nothing to see her plan through.