John Proctor, Did He Die a Hero?

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Did John Proctor Die a Hero?

In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, John Proctor displays some of the key aspects of beig a hero. Those aspects are, he risked his reputation and his life to save the lives of the falsely accused people in his town. A big aspect of being a hero is sacrifice, but even though he lacks the other aspects such as unselfishness and compassion, he is still a hero. John is selfish because before his wife was accused of witchcraft he was passive towards the hangings. He had a strong dislike of them but was not that open about it except with his wife. He then showed a lack of compassion when he force Mary Warren to testify in court that the girls were lying, even though that Mary protested this becuase she did not want to be accused herself. John Proctor died a hero.

In the end John Proctor died to ultimately save his children's name from being tarnished and to leave his property to them, he also wanted to save the innocent townspeople. "I have wondered of there be witches in the world, although I cannot believe theycome among us now" said John. When the trials began to get out of hand, John Proctor begins to openly protest it while knowing very well the consequences that could follow. He told this to Reverand Hale, a member of the court, if Hale took this to heart and didn't think so well of John Proctor, he could have easily sent him to jail to await trial. "Mary Warren pointing at Proctor; You're the Devil's man!" -narrator. At this point in the story, John Proctor still has a good reputation and could fight this allegation, but instead he agrees to being in convent with the devil. John Proctor knew that he had no more tricks up his sleeve and the only thing he could do left is was to try to save his family's name.
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