John Proctor Character Analysis

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In the play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller portrays John Proctor, the protagonist, as a tragic hero who has a major flaw which is lust for his teenage servant Abigail. Despite not being one to hold a high stature in town, John Proctor is a respected man in his town of Salem. He is loving, authoritative, and brave however his major flaw comes in through his lust for Abigail making him a tragic hero. Although he proves to be unfaithful to his wife he still a loving husband he proves so when he states, “It is well seasoned” in reference to the rabbit he had to add salt to which further exemplifies how lust is such a flaw. Unfortunately, when determining his fate, he continues to make several critical and irreversible mistakes which harm his reputation and life at home. Due to being afraid of being exiled in a town where reputation plays such a huge role in the townspeople's lives, Proctor initially tries to hide his crime of adultery. The fact that Proctor attempts to hide his actions portrays that he is not proud of them which is an honorable trait. He is regretful of his mistakes and does not wish for them to be displayed. Although, when it comes to his wife he considers ruining his reputation because he knows she is innocent and feels a sense of guilt that his wife would be executed because of his lust for Abigail. When he attempted to convince everyone that the girls were lying it showed a true sense of bravery because children were viewed as the

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