The Crucible: John Proctor as a tragic hero

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Sarena Knoop Mrs. Cox English 10 4 September 2014 John Proctor - Tragic Hero A tragic hero is a very favored person that suffers from a downfall which leads to their death. John Proctor like many others is a tragic hero. Proctor is a very respected man in Salem but he also has a few flaws that have proved him to be a tragic hero which are prideful, lustful, and well respected. Later in the play The Crucible, Proctor realizes his flaws and tries to fix them but it is too late. One of Proctors tragic flaws is that he was prideful. While Proctor is in jail, his wife Elizabeth tries to convince him to sign off on his innocents, but his pride gets in the way and he was hanged. One of the things Proctor says to prove his pride fullness is, "I have confessed myself! Is there no good penitence but it be public? God does not need my name nailed upon the church! God sees my name; God knows how black my sins are! It is enough!" (Miller 142).

This part in the play is a very good example showing that John Proctor is a tragic hero. The quote explains to us that he knows what he did wrong, but he is also prideful about his name being ruined when that's all he has. Another example is when Proctor said, "Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! 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?" (Miller 143). Proctor realizes that he is trying to keep his name clean, so that his kids do not have to be...