John Proctor: Tragic Hero

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In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor is seen as a tragic hero because he is able to overcome his tragic flaw of hubris, but still the circumstances led to his death.

A tragic hero is a person who has sacrificed their lives for a principle. It is shown in the play that ordinary people can be tragic heroes. They believed so passionately in an idea that they were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, for it. There are four main aspects that represent a tragic hero. They are hubris, hamartia, catharsis and lastly catastrophe. Hubris is the excess, usually of pride, or overwhelming self confidence. Hamartia is the weakness, usually an error in judgement. Also, known as a tragic flaw. Catharsis is the tragic
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He says, "I have confessed myself! Is there no good penitence but it be public? God does not need my name nailed upon the church! God sees my name; God knows how black my sins are! It is enough!"�(142) He does not want to sign his name to his confession because it will be definite public proof that he was a coward and a liar. More importantly, he will lose any goodness he has left if he agrees to sign a lie. He will lose his faith in him self as a good man and always regret his decision. He looked to Rebecca Nurse, Giles and Martha Cory, and Elizabeth for guidance. They are his moral extent and they have perhaps confessed then he will fell the right to confess also. He knows in his heart, that the right decision to make is to stand up to the truth. He is aware that because he has committed one sin there is no excuse to commit more. If Proctor had continued with his earlier confession, he would of most likely of accepted humiliation along with every thing else. He then proudly refuses to sign his confession and wants to protect his name . He says , "Because it is my name . Because I cannot have another in my life . Because I, lie and sign myself to lies . Because im not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang . How my I live without my name ? I have given you my soul , give me my name ."�(143).

Just ask yourselves that if Proctor confesses how
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