A Real Tragic Hero: John Proctor

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A Real Tragic Hero: John Proctor In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, John Proctor fits the definition of a tragic hero. Although he has a human weakness, Proctor’s strong conviction, quest for truth, and insightfulness make him a tragic hero. Courage is not the absence of fear, rather it is the judgement that something else is more important than fear. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, many characters have decided whether they should confess to dealing with the devil and lose their “good name” or be hanged for something they did not do. A tragic hero is someone of noble birth with heroic qualities, but the hero struggles mightly against this fate and this cosmic conflict wins our admiration. One of the qualities of John Proctor being a tragic hero include his strong conviction. “But I wilted, and, like a Christian, I confessed. Confessed" (Miller 163)! This quote proves that he is really a Christian because he confesses his sins to God. It shows that he has strong convictions of his religion and he really believes. “Mary, God dams all liars" (Miller 263)! This quote shows that Proctor tries to get Mary to confess her sins because of his beliefs in God. He was trying to scare her to get the truth out of her. Proctor is a strong Christian and really proves it in the quotes. Another one of the qualities of Proctor being a tragic hero is his quest for truth. He wants the truth about everybody. The quote “But I know the child’s sickness had naught to do with witchcraft" (Miller 169) shows that he is sure the child is not sick due to witchcraft, but to natural causes. He wants people to know that the witchcraft is not true just because the girl was sick. They were just startles about all the commotion going on. Another quote is “She only pretended to faint, your excellency. They are all marvelous pretenders (Miller 187).” This quote shows his quest for truth because he
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