Trait of Heroism on the Crucible and Mythology

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Essay on heroism Both “Mythology” and “The Crucible” displays heroic characters. Although, the act of heroism in “The Crucible” is not exactly the same as those of the Greek and Norse mythology, there are some things common that these heroes have. Heroic acts that are common between John Proctor, and Greek heroes, are sacrifice, positive trait, darker side, and love. John Proctor has many positive traits as well as a darker side. He had an affair with Abigail Williams, which led to his downfall and downfall of others. Hercules too had a dark side. Zeus’s jealous wife, Hera made him insane and as a result Hercules killed his wife and his children. As his punishment, he had to perform 12 seemingly impossible labors. Hercules had a good side too, like Proctor. Hercules defended Thebes from Orchomenus and he is often called by people to save them from various evil. Another great hero in the Greek mythology was Jason. He was the leader of 50 heroes who sailed in search for the Golden Fleece- the wool from the magical ram. On the way, they faced grave dangers such as the deadly singing sirens. They finally captured the fleece with the help of a sorcerer named Medea, who later became Jason’s wife. However, he also had a dark side. After he was married with Medea, he was engaged to marry Creusa. We see this treachery in “The Crucible” where Proctor has an affair with Abigail. Odysseus helped Greeks win in the Trojan War. Odysseus sailed nearly 10 years to go to Ithaca. Along the way, they faced many grave dangers, such as the Cyclops and Charybdis. The nature of John was to always seek truth and speak out if others abused the powers that had. After Abigail accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft, John speaks out for his wife, “My wife will never die for me! I will bring your guts into your mouth but that goodness will not die for me”. At last I want to conclude that John

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