John Proctor As A Hero In John Miller's The Crucible

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A spanish essayist by the name of Miguel de Unamuno once said, “ The greatest height of heroism to which an individual, like a people, can attain is to know how to face ridicule.”. A hero is anybody who is willing to go above themselves to help another person, even if helping that person means sacrificing their own life. In the book The Crucible character John Proctor does just that; he sacrifices his own life for the greater good, he also had to face humiliation but he dealt with it well. This leads me to believe that John proctor is a hero based upon the actions that he took throughout the entire story.
In act four John Proctor gave up his life so that his wife and children could live their lives without being looked down upon by the society they live in. At the end of act four Proctor had two choices: live and lose his good name, or die and defend his good name. John proctor chooses to be hanged specifically to protect his children, his intentions are displayed when he says, “ I’d have you see some honesty in it. Let them that never lied die now to keep their souls. It is pretense for me, a vanity that will not blind God nor keep my children out of the wind…”( Miller, The Crucible, pg. 143). At that moment John Proctor realized that he would be doing himself no good, because either way he will not be forgiven by God and by losing his good name it puts his children in harm's way. But, Proctor choose the hard way like any true hero would; he chooses to die because he only
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