Atticus Finch vs John Proctor: A Character Comparison

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The essential qualities needed for a tragic hero are appropriateness, lifelike, goodness, and consistency John Proctor, from Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, possesses all of these qualities. Also Atticus Finch, from To Kill a Mockingbird, is also a more modern tragic hero. He was trying to protect a black man for his rights, which was uncommon back in the 1930’s. John Proctor is the main character in The Crucible. He was a farmer when the trials began in Salem. He has the most important tragedy, because it was caused by himself, and he resolves the tragedy by his own actions. Proctor has to struggle to do good. As Aristotle defines a tragic hero to be in a high class, John Proctor lived a respectable life. However in the beginning of this play, we discover one of the dark secrets about John Proctor. We learn about his affair with Abigail. This affair also caused his wife, Elizabeth, to distrust him. Because of his inability to control his desires, and temptations, his life is going in the wrong direction by jealousy and need for revenge for Abigail. This downfall started the path of him becoming a tragic hero. The fact that he knows what he did and that he realizes his mistakes is what makes him a tragic hero. He also confessed to his wife, and the court about Abigail, and how he had committed adultery with her. This was the major action that made him become a tragic hero. Atticus is the main character in To Kill a Mockingbird. He was the father of Scout and Jem. Atticus also is a tragic hero. He is a tragic hero, because he fought for an innocent black man, named Tom Robinson. He was accused of rape, which was a capital crime back then. In the trial, Atticus had all the odds against him even though it was obvious that Tom Robinson was innocent. Tom Robinson had “raped” Mayella Ewell, and as she said in the trial that he had forcefully come in her house, and

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