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Crucible - John Proctor As A Tragic Hero

            John Proctor as Tragic Hero in the Crucible.
             In Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, the small town of Salem is engulfed in hysteria due to the .
             accusations of children that many of the townspeople partook in witchcraft. Among the accused .
             is John Proctor, a strong, steadfast farmer. John Proctor fulfils the requirements of a "tragic .
             hero- by his actions throughout the story. His "tragic hero- status is illustrated by his efforts to .
             save his wife from being put to death, his attempt to prove the children are making fraudulent .
             claims, and his unwillingness to confess to practising witchcraft when accused.
             Proctor is a tragic hero in his efforts to save his wife. Proctor's first display of trying to save his .
             wife is shown when the Court officials come to take Elizabeth away. Proctor is so infuriated by .
             this assault on his house that he rips the warrant and tells them to leave rather forcefully saying, .
             "Damn the Deputy Governor! Out of my house!-(77), demonstrating his intense love for his .
             wife. Proctor shows signs of being a tragic hero when he attempts to go into court to save his .
             wife and prove the girls liars. However, he ends up being accused himself. Mary Warren is in .
             court testifying when she suddenly breaks down " hysterically, pointing at Proctor, fearful of .
             him: My name, he want my name. I'll murder you, he says, if my wife hands! We must go and .
             over throw the court, he says-. " [Proctor] wake me every night, his eyes were like coals and .
             his fingers claw my neck and I sign, I sign -(119). Thus John Proctor fails in trying to rescue .
             his wife from the clutches of the false accusers; instead he falls prey to them.
             Proctor establishes that the children are lying in court with respect to their accusations of the .
             townspeople. Proctor first learns of this through his household servant, Mary Warren who is one .
             of the accusers. Proctor deducts from the events that Mary Warren and Abigail, the lead .

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