John Proctor Hero Quotes

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The Crucible is a play, written by Arthur Miller, telling the tragic story of the Witch Trials that took place in Salem, during 1692 and 1693. John Proctor was a main character in the story, who affected the storyline with his affair, with young Abigail. An ample amount of times in this story, Proctor shows characteristics of a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a wrong judgement, leading to his/her death. John Proctor shows he is a tragic hero by increasing awareness, his punishment exceeds the crime, and he was given a free choice. Initially, most of the reasons John Proctor died, is because of Abigail. She caused a great deal of problems for him, and his wife, Elizabeth. In the play, ‘Hero [Proctor] has increased awareness’, meaning he realized what was happening before he was executed. While John Proctor was in trial with Mary, Abigail, and the rest of the girls, he realizes they, especially Abigail, was faking being cursed by witches. “I—I have no witness and cannot prove it except my word be taken. But I know the children's sickness had naught to do with witchcraft”. This quote shows him realizing Abby…show more content…
If a tragic hero is given a free choice, it means he falls because he chooses one choice of action of another. In this case, John choses Abigail over his wife, Elizabeth. This action led to Abby being complete in love with him, and and her trying to kill his wife. If Proctor decided to stay away from Abigail, he probably would of never of been involved with her, never would have jeopardized his marriage, never been accused of witchcraft, and him and Elizabeth would of lived a longer life. “It [Abigail] is a whore!... I have known her, sir. I have known her.” This quote is from when John Proctor admits to the court that he has slept with Abby, and that he betrayed his wife. You can also tell from the rest of the scene that he rejects his
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