Compare And Contrast John Proctor In The Crucible

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller, is a play written to mirror the anti-communist hysteria and how Joseph McCarthy went on “witch hunts”, which was basically finding an innocent person who was accused of being a witch and punishing them. Throughout The Crucible you will see very similar actions that mirror the McCarthy era; like how Abigail gets mad John Proctor does not want to be with her and spreads a rumor that his wife is a witch. “A tragic hero is the main character in a tragedy,” directly describes John Proctor. John Proctor is the husband of Elizabeth Proctor and one of the most well known and respected men in the village. They both have trust issues after John has an affair with an old “maid”, Abigail. She was fired or ‘let go’…show more content…
On page 27, John takes up for Parris and put Putnam ‘on blast’ about him trying to buy everyone's land; ”Proctor, to Putnam: You cannot command Mr. Parris. We vote by name in this society, not by acreage” (Miller 27). His crucial secret that killed his good name is the one tragedy in his story life. Johns tragedy to his hero life was his lust for Abigail while married to Elizabeth. Abigail speaks of their affair when John comes to see what has happened with Betty and to send Mary home; “ABIGAIL: I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I come near! Or did I dream that? It's she put me out, you cannot pretend it were you. I saw your face when she put me out, and you loved me then and you do now!” (Miller 21), a couple lines later John tries to stop it, “PROCTOR: Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach of you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby.” (Miller 22). In Act Three, while they are in court John confesses. He says, “I have known her, sir. I have known her.” (Miller 102), that actually means he has had sex with her. After John confesses his ‘good name’ takes a turn for the worse, and he is no longer the John Proctor everyone trusted. “PROCTOR: … I have rung the doom of my good name…” (Miller 103), this is when John, and everyone else know he is no longer the ‘hero’ he is thought to be. In conclusion, The Crucible
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