The Sorrow and Heroic Tragedy of John Proctor in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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Tragedy is interpreted in various ways. For example the wise Greek philosopher Aristotle defines “tragedy” as a story that contains a character that commits a terrible mistake in his life that leads to his pitiful death. On the other hand, Arthur Miller defines “tragedy” as a characteristic common to all human beings who are willing to give up their lives for the necessary and righteous causes, and for their dignities. A composite definition of a tragedy is a character in a story that recognizes his awful error committed, and is willing to give his life for the necessary cause that would leads to his inevitable death. In The Crucible, John Proctor’s dilemma is to either confess about his affair with Abigail or remain silent about this …show more content…
In the eyes of the reader, his actions were a challenge directed toward the girls and the magistrates in Salem in order to keep his reputation. Proctor disputed the credibility of the girls and cried, “They’re pretending!”(Act III) as well as accuses them of stating pretense. John Proctor’s only obstacle is how to prove the girls are lying, because he only wonders how to obtain evidence to prove his words, “[he] think it is not easy to prove [Abigail is a] fraud, and the town gone so silly. She told it to [him]... in a room alone – [he has]… no proof for it” (Act II). Deep inside Proctor consciences he holds the truth about the adultery that could be use towards Abigail and girls to confirm they are frauds. John Proctor’s flaw in The Crucible is to initiate a relationship with Abigail, which will eventually lead to his adulterous affair. Proctor, tired of the false accusations, decided to reveal the sinful confession in court. This statement introduces his other flaw which was confessing, this cause him to lose his respected status as a farmer and more importantly his life. Proctor feels guilt and remorse for ever having had a relationship with Abigail, stating that he would “cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for [Abigail] again... [and that they] never touched” (Act I). His ability to sense and realize the immorality of his own actions makes it sincerely tragic death because John Proctor realizes the wrong for committing adultery. Saying the truth is

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