The Crucible Character Analysis

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Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible during a time of political unrest. The threat of communism was quickly rising, and Joseph McCarthy, a Congressman, convinced the people of the United States that communists had infiltrated our government. This sent everyone on a witch hunt, which then allowed the creation of the House Un-American Activities Committee, who were commissioned to “find the communists.” This often led to writers and entertainers being accused, who would then lose their jobs and their reputations. It also led to them being put in jail if they did not give names of the other “communists.” Miller was amongst the accused. He wrote The Crucible to let it serve as a reflection of this period of time. In The Crucible, one of the main characters is John Proctor, a farmer and the husband of Elizabeth Proctor. He and his wife are both eventually accused of witchcraft, and taken to jail. Proctor is sentenced to execution, as he will not lie to save his life. John Proctor from The Crucible can be described as a tragic hero, because he exhibits most of the traits exemplary of a tragic hero. His actions are universal because they are easy to relate to. Proctor is representative of a tragic hero because he possesses most of the traits exhibited by a traditional tragic hero. The characteristics are as follows: noble stature or birth, hamartia (otherwise known as a tragic flaw that ultimately causes the hero’s downfall), free choice (the hero chose a path that ultimately led to

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