How Is John Proctor A Tragic Hero In The Crucible

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A tragic hero is someone of once noble stature brought down by his own flaw, a defect or strength that becomes a weakness, this applies to the character John Proctor. John Proctor became a tragic hero when his power and respect he had was the reason he died in The Crucible. John got his power from his name which was highly looked upon and he destroyed it when he made multiple mistakes over a year that ends getting him hung. To begin, John’s power was challenged when Abigail found out that John didn’t have feelings for her which will show 7 months after he cheated on his wife for her. “Abigail: Give me a word, John a soft word. Her concentrated desire destroys his smile.
Proctor: No, no, Abby. That’s done with.
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“Mary Warren, pointing at Proctor: You’re the Devil’s man!
He is stopped in his tracks.
Proctor, numbed: Mary, how--?
Mary Warren: I’ll not hang with you! I love God, I love God.”
“Danforth, to Proctor: What are you? Proctor is beyond speech in his anger. You are combined with anti-Christ, are you not? I have seen your power; you will not deny it! What say you, Mister?
Hale: Excellency--
Danforth: I will have nothing of you, Mr. Hale! To Proctor: Will you confess yourself befouled with Hell, or do you keep that black allegiance yet? What say you?
Proctor, his mind wild, breathless: I say--I say--- God is dead.” This is important because shows the limits of Proctor’s power. (where he should have just left) After being accused is where tragic hero comes into place for John Proctor. Yet he still does have a little power in his name, it can’t ever get back to the point it was because of the damage that has already been done. At the very end of it all, the thing the really put the nail in the coffin was when instead of confessing that he was with the Devil and signing the contract that would have made a difference in Salem because of his name he decided to take the contract and rip it in half.
“Proctor, with a cry of his soul: Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I

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