Death, can tear anyone apart, but when it's for a cause it can open a family, friends, or even a nation's eyes. When a national icon dies for a cause it can a can make the whole nation take a step back and look at what's really going on. An excellent examples are John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr, or in this case John Proctor from The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. In this play people are being hanged for an accusation of witchcraft, which is necessary to restore the social justice in Salem. This play can be compared to history, with information about the play itself, and lastly how the tragic hero's death makes a difference in this play. In fact, back in the older times of United States history there was was people fighting for …show more content…
Proctor is looked up to because he resembles and shows heroic characteristics in either one way or another. At the same time he is a tragic hero because of one huge flaw, an affair. The affair took place between him and Abigail. In the play they are at court and Proctor is upset because and lashes out towards Abigail. Claiming she would lead him away from Elizabeth and dance on her grave. “How do you call Heaven! Whore! Whore!” (Miller Act III: 831). She, Abigail, is a very manipulative and is opportunist, of any and all situations. He tries to forgive himself but he cannot, no matter how hard he tries. The heroic characteristics as well as the flaw leads him to be a tragic hero. On top of his road to self discovery he must deal with the ever declining social structure of the town. He tries to stand out as an honest resistor to the hangings, which ultimately leads to his …show more content…
A national hero willing to pass on for their beliefs, or a cause, really resembles true power and loyalty. A huge portion of the play and history could be almost be erased simply by a few choices. “Love thy neighbor as thyself” (Mark 12:31). A quote that could change the world if used for the better of our
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In Act Three of Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, John Proctor admits he has committed adultery with Abigail motivated in trying to save his wife, while his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, lies about why she kicked Abigail from their house to protect her and her husbands privacy. I feel as though John’s actions were justified and Elizabeth’s actions were not. John Proctor was trying to get the court to see Abigail was a terrible, unsaintly fraud in her claims of being witched. John tells the court that his wife, who has never told a lie, would concur to the affair accusations brought against Abigail. When brought into the court Elizabeth was questioned on why she had kicked Abigail out of their home and she replied in a manner that did not show
Throughout history there has been a number of martyrs celebrated for their heroism and integrity in defending their truths and beliefs to the very end. Nathan Hale, for example, is an American soldier and spy during the American Revolution who was captured by British soldiers. Instead of giving any information and compromising his strong beliefs in defending the United States, Hale was hung. Now, Hale is considered an American hero, and was officially declared the state hero of Connecticut. Similarly, John Proctor, and other characters, from Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, are placed in a situation where they must decide if dying with integrity is more important than falsely confessing and living a life of compromised principals that may
“The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life” said John F. Kennedy. Because of what has happened in Arthur Miller's life, and the content of the poem; the Crucible; we can accumulate that he would say yes. Arthur Miller would indicate that the Syrian refugees not allowed to come in would be considered a modern witchcraft.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller In the play, The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, the play took place during the real Salem Witch Trials between 1962 and 1963. The play is similar to the real event, however in some parts in the play there was exaggeration of the characters and a few parts were changed. In Salem there was major conflict brewing and John Proctor is caught up in it. In the beginning of the play, Proctor is introduced as a husband who has committed an affair with an extremely younger girl by the name of Abigail.
John Proctor is a good person, he may have had an affair with Abbigail, which does make him a cheater and a liar, but he is also passionate, and tries to make amends with Elizabeth and get past the affair. In the story when John and Abbigail are alone talking, John says “Abby, you’ll put it out of mind. I’ll not be comin’ for more.” He says that because he is basically saying he isn’t going to cheat ANYMORE, stating that he has already done it. That shows he is a cheater and not loyal to his wife Elizabeth.
The Crucible is a very well known playwright that was influenced by the Salem Witch Trials. With the play explaining to the reader how this event happened in their own story, it really shows how the act of manipulation by using false accusations can really change the direction on how people look at a situation. Aside from the plot itself, the playwright also has an excellent supply of characters to put the reader highly in depth of the play as well. While each character plays a solid role to get the plot flowing, many readers can examine, interpret, and distinguish on how they operate. Focusing on the character who plays the role of the “Tragic Hero” it's arguable that both John Proctor and Reverend Hale are acceptable for this.
John Proctor displayed his character traits of aggression and anger throughout the story in fear of his integrity being ruined. He was considered a tragic hero because of his downfall in trying to protect his integrity. Even though Elizabeth Proctor had the traits of innocence and compassion she still lacked affection towards her husband. This in turn led John to commit adultery with their housekeeper. These two characters demonstrate these traits throughout the story.
Protection and Its Effects A main motivation for characters’ actions in The Crucible was protection of themselves or others. There are many causes and motives for the cast of The Crucible to act as they did, but the one that stuck out to me was the need to protect and save the people of Salem, whether it be for selfish reasons or compassion for others. The focus will land on Abigail and Mercy, Parris, Mary Warren, Proctor, Elizabeth, Giles Corey, and Reverend Hale, who all share a common motive within the story, and that’s to protect someone from the events that occur. Of course, other motivations for the events in the story exist, but as a more personal push for action, it seems fitting to put more focus on protecting themselves and others.
Motivated by a need to save his name, his wife, and the good people of salem, John Proctor, from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, opposes the court by speaking openly against it, refuses to confess to witchcraft even though it will safe his life, and confesses to having an affair with Abigail Williams. In the end John Proctor refuses to sign a confession due to the fact that it will be hung up on the church door to show the whole town and is hung as the villagers of Salem watch. I firmly believe that John Proctor is a tragic hero and there are many examples in the book of why this is true. John Proctor is a troubled man that is filled with regret and shame for a sin that he had committed and paid the price for, in the book he is often melancholy
John Proctor, a character from The Crucible is a Rebel/Misfit Archetype. A Rebel/Misfit is defined as a character that radically rejects the values of a society and the restrictions placed on him or her. I chose to do my research project on John because Proctor is my favorite character from The Crucible and throughout the whole book he was feeling guilty for his actions but wanted to do the right thing. Proctor can also fit into the Hero Archetype for sacrificing his life to save his wife.
In the Crucible, many of the characters go through changes because of the intensity of the situation. But there is only one character that I think changed the most, and that is John Proctor who is the protagonist of the novel The Crucible by Arthur Miller. I think that John Procotor changes the most in the Crucible because he is in every act and mostly in every scene, and throughtout the play I see more drama (Dynamic Character) in him than any other character in the Crucible and I will go through and tell you how John Proctor changes in the Crucible. In the beginning of the play (Acts 1 and 2), we focus on John Proctor and we know that he is a good puritan citizen, a hard-working farmer and who is a husband and father.
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing Himself.” Leo Tolstoy is correct about how we like to blame others before we see each other. However In “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller. There are Dramatic changes in many characters and their journies. One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go.
John Proctor is not a tragic hero in the beginning of the story because he lied to his wife about Abigail, but towards the end of the book he realizes the mistakes he has made and he wants to make a change. He wants to stop lying to himself and to others, even if it ends in a tragedy. John Proctor does not qualify as a tragic hero because he broke laws by having an affair with Abigail Williams behind his wife’s back. When his wife, Elizabeth, confronts him about Abigail and his affair, John lies to her face. This lying continues throughout the whole story.
John Proctor is a good man despite anything others may say about him. He displays three very noble qualities throughout the witch trials which are bravery, honesty, and an overall goal to save lives even to the point where he sacrificed his. While many argue John is a bad man because he committed adultery they are entirely mistaken. Just because he had one bad sin gives no right to anybody to call him a bad person when clearly the good side of him is shown more than the bad. John Proctor is a good man who displays the characteristics of a hero and could be seen as one for giving his life for his friends.