A Hero or a Fool
John Proctor: A Hero or a Fool? In Arthur Miller's famous allegorical play The Crucible, the main character John Proctor, a young defiant yet respected farmer, shows heroic characteristics through intricate situations of theocratic injustice. Set in hysteria and chaos, the witch trials of Salem village as the trials unfold Proctor finds himself in difficult situation in which his decision and actions decide not only his fate but the fate of many innocent people like himself. In the community, people looked upon John Proctor as a much respected member of society. His image optimized the good, decent man of Salem village. When the hysteria of witchcraft had drawn its claws closer and closer to Proctor, John was determined to take a stand and fight the injustice. His efforts alone drew the inspiration of his fellow neighbors, whether it was the signing of the petition or sacrificing his life for the sake of the innocent who had been accused. His moral courage and perseverance gave way to others like Giles Corey to speak out against the court and stand for what they believe is true. Being a devoted father and husband to Elizabeth, for the most part, every action he took, in the back of his mind was his family. Although he had made a mistake before with Abigail, he had vowed to himself that he would go to any extreme measure to compensate for the past. On the day of his own hanging, in his mind he not only did for his own reasons but he left behind a dignified and respected memory of himself and the family name. In their eyes, John Proctor, is a legend in a sense that he sacrificed his own life for the sake of others but mostly his family. For a person as highly thought of as John Proctor, his one significant. As I see it, I believe John was a hero but also a fool.
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