Analysis Of Arthur Miller 's ' The Crucible '

1457 Words Oct 26th, 2014 6 Pages
Steven Huang
Ms. Folkrod
English 3, Period 7
26 October 2014
Proctor’s Pride and Downfall
A tragic hero is a hero in a story whose natural flaws or wrong judgments, associates with bad fate, causes his downfall or death. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, there are tragic heroes. In the late 1600s, there are a series of witch trials happens at Salem, MA. John Proctor, a farmer who lives in a farm with his wife Elizabeth Proctor, is the protagonist during the Salem witch trial. John is a candid, frank, but somewhat arrogant man. He has an affair with Abigail Williams, a 17-year-old girl who desires to have John and wants him so desperately. As the story develops, John also gets influenced by the hysteria within the town. He becomes a hero by save Elizabeth and other innocent people who are being accused by the court. However, John’s pride causes him to focus on his honor too much, which later on, causes a lot of troubles, and leads him to a tragic consequence. Miller wants to convey that a person will eventually pay for his flaws no matter what he does to make up. John Proctor’s affair with Abigail, his desire of saving other people, and his motivation of protecting his reputation, associates with his pride, eventually cause his death and make him a tragic hero.
First, John Proctor has a hidden sin, which is his affair with Abigail Williams. It is his affair that makes him a guilty man, a man with flaws. After the affair, Elizabeth begins to distrust John. John realized that he…
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