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Tragic Heroes

I. In 21st century American society people protect their own, love and also act in such

an inspirational manner just as the behaviors, actions, and fallacies in both Arthur

Miller’s “The Crucible” and William Bennett’s article “Aurora heroes”.

A. In both the article and the play, men protect their own by sacrificing their own lives.

B. Love is evident in everyday life, because it is an emotion. The men who died as Aurora

heroes loved their significant other, enough to protect them. Abigail Williams loved John

Proctor and she believed that he loved her too.

C. Miller created John Proctor as a “brave hero”, as William Bennett does in the three men,

Jon Blunk, Alex Teves, and Matt McQuinn in Colorado’s movie theater massacre. A. In both the article and the play, men protect their own by sacrificing their own lives.

I. Men protect their own in both “Aurora heroes” and “The Crucible” by

sacrificing their own lives, to protect the ones that they love. The church was

struggling to maintain power, therefore Reverend Parris accused Proctor of

going against the church. The three brave men in Aurora protected their girl

friends from the fatal gunfire. On both page 1250”PARRIS: Beware this man,

your excellency, this man is mischief.” and in lines 36-37 “Their instincts were to

protect, not to run away”.

II. These quotes depict that the action of protecting one’s loved one is still evident

in 21st American society as it was in previous centuries.

B. Love is evident in everyday life, because it is an emotion. The men who died as Aurora

heroes loved their significant other, enough to protect them. Abigail Williams loved John

Proctor and she believed that he loved her too.

I. One experiences emotions every second of the day, and love happens to be one of the

strongest emotions known to man. In line numbers 23-6 “Their incredible sacrifice

leaves us asking: Why? Why would a young man with his entire life ahead of him risk

everything for a woman he has no legal, financial or martial obligations to?”

demonstrates the action that the three heroes of Colorado had done to protect their

loved ones. Also in Millers play on page 1224 “ABIGAIL: I know how you clutched...

or did I dream that? It’s she who put me out… you loved me then and you do now!”

informs the reader that both Abigail and John were once intimate.

II. These quotes demonstrates when one encounters love, they tend to be protective of

their loved ones regardless of their own mortality .
C. Miller created John Proctor as a “brave hero”, as William Bennett does in the three men,

Jon Blunk, Alex Teves, and Matt McQuinn in Colorado’s movie theater massacre.

I. Miller and Bennett both display these men as heroes. On page 1272 “PROCTOR: I

can. And there’s your first marvel, that I can. You have made your magic now, for

now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a

banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs.”, and line numbers 62-3

“Their actions remind us that good triumphs over evil, not just in movies, but also in

reality.”

II. These quotes support both Miller and Bennett’s depiction on these men being heroes

because Jon Blunk, Alex Teves, and Matt McQuinn had acted in such an inspirational

manner that eventually led to their death and for Proctor to rip up the document that

he was told to sign in order to be free from death shows that he as a man rather die

than to live the rest of his life out in a lie.

V.
The behavior, actions, and fallacies that both Arthur Miller and William Bennett portray

in both “The Crucible” and the article “Aurora heroes” are evident in 21st century American

society because in the end John Proctor, and the three men Jon Blunk, Alex Teves,...
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