Vulnerable Characters In The Crucible

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Choose a play in which a central character is heroic yet vulnerable. Show how the dramatist makes you aware of both qualities and discuss how they affect your response to the character’s fate in the play as a whole. ‘The Crucible’ By Arthur Miller is a play which involves a central character who is heroic yet vulnerable. Through dramatic affect Miller is able to introduce John Proctor as a heroic figure who is independent and not easily led unlike the other Puritans in the town of Salem; Proctor hates hypocrites and is known to be a very stern and harsh-tongued man. It is however his affair with Abigail Williams that makes him vulnerable, not only this but also the fact that he is living in a theocratic society, in which the church and the…show more content…
My honesty is broke, Elizabeth; I am no good man. “ Elizabeth: “And yet you’ve not confessed till now. That speaks goodness in you.” Proctor: “Spite only keeps me silent. It is hard to give a lie to dogs.” Proctor: “You are the high court, you word is good enough! Tell them I confessed myself; say Proctor broke to his knees and wept like a woman; say what you will, but my name cannot-“ Danforth, with suspicion: “It is the same, is it not? If I report it or you sign to it... Why? Do you mean to deny this confession when you are free?” Proctor: “I mean to deny nothing!” Danforth: “Then explain to me, Mr. Proctor, why will not let-“ Proctor, with a cry of his whole soul: “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” His breast heaving, his eyes stating, Proctor tears the paper and crumples…show more content…
Millers dialogue and characterisation of John Proctor proves to the audience that he is vulnerable however is still able to maintain his heroic qualities. By becoming a martyr and placing himself before the court of Salem to confess of his sin Proctor is trying to save the life of his wife and his friends. But more importantly it is through Millers ability to balance both these qualities that give the audience a sense of realisation of Proctors fait. Although there is some light in his death he was able to die an honourable man and maintain his

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