Tragic Hero Essay

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ereTragic hero
English 11
Period :5
After reading The Crucible and understanding the meaning of a tragic hero, I believe the role of John Proctor fits perfectly in the definition. In the readings of “the tragic hero” the classic tragic hero is defined as one who fights against overwhelming odds even though he may sense that he is going to lose. Basically stating that no matter what, this hero will stick to his or her beliefs or what they know to be correct. By doing so the character expresses the quality of nobility. The enemy or antagonist is not necessarily represented by a person but the struggle could be against something more powerful like internal rather than external; commonly involving God and/or fate. In The Crucible, John Proctor is not a saint and is not a perfect man. He is faced with a great struggle when Abigail Williams (young lady obsessed with marrying him) lies become an huge misunderstanding creating big hysteria in the whole town. In the end John is to confess he has been under the devils influence or he will be hanged. For anybody else it would be easy to lie and save their life but not for him. His belief in God is stopping him from dirtying his name and so he dies. Thus making this book a tragedy. In the fight of good and evil, evil rules triumphant. The events leading up to the ending shows the character flaws that will cause the downfall. For in the story John Proctor commits adultery with Abigail. In the end you can say that the