The Crucible John Proctor Tragic Hero Essay

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“A hero of a tragedy must evoke in the audience a sense of pity or fear, the change of fortune presented must not be the spectacle of a virtuous man brought from prosperity to adversity” – Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC). John Proctor in the story The Crucible was our tragic hero in this novel, John struggled with temptation before the novel starts and ends up committing adultery, one of the Ten Commandments we should not do, with a younger girl that was supposed to be his servant. John’s wife, Elizabeth ends up finding up and it forever hurts their marriage but, even with his mistake, his wife still understood he was a good man and not everyone could be perfect. As we proceed through the first 2 Acts, we get a glimpse into the life of an honorable, hard-working man, who is straight forward and refuses to do what he knows is wrong. What he thinks is most wrong is Mr. Parris, the local Minister who is greedy, arrogant, and harbors his niece Abigail in which John committed adultery with. Just as things start to get better with his wife and with his life, John and the town of Salem face one of the greatest hysterias in history. Abigail starts this hysteria with her friends after they’re caught dancing in the woods supposedly summoning spirits and are put in the spotlight, the girls …show more content…
He knew that witchcraft and contempt of the court would be crimes punishable by severe jail time or death, but, decides he will not let the foolish puritans, with their lack of logic and evidence, take his wife’s life or anyone he holds dearly, John condemns the court and the religion, knowing that it will surely lead him to a swift hanging, but, will help everyone realize they are wrong and help mold future judicial systems (though he did not know this.) John Proctor was willing to risk all he had for his family and people he loved, in my mind that’s exactly what a hero would