The Crucible: John Proctor a Hero

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In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, the small town of Salem is going crazy due to the accusations of children that many of the town’s people are witches. Among the accused is John Proctor, a strong, steadfast farmer. He is a hero in the story because of his efforts to save his wife from being put to death, his attempt to prove the children are making bogus claims, and his unwillingness to confess to practicing witchcraft when accused.

Wife is shown when the Court officials come to take Elizabeth away. Proctor is so mad by this assault on his house that he rips the warrant and tells them to leave rather forcefully saying, “Damn the Deputy Governor! Out of my house!”(77), demonstrating his love for his wife. Proctor says that the children are lying in court with respect to their accusations of the townspeople. Proctor first learns of this through his servant, Mary Warren who is one of the accusers. Proctor tells them that Mary Warren and Abigail, the lead conspirator, are in cahoots in trying to hang Proctor’s wife by accusing her of witchcraft. They come up with the idea of what is basically a voodoo doll that Mary Warren constructs in court and gives to Elizabeth. When Marry Warren is summoned to the room where all the commotion is and is asked if she has any knowledge of the doll and conjuring she says “Conjures me? Why, no, sir, I am entirely myself, I think. Let you ask Susanna Walcott—she saw me sewing’ it in court. Or better still: Ask Abby, Abby sat beside me when I made it” (76). Proctor puts two and two together and deduces that it is all a hoax. Proctor decides to go to court and expose the girls. Tragically they turn on him and he is accused of being the chief devil helper (114-120). Once again, Proctor tries to do good but is falsely accused and this makes him a hero.

Proctor denies being a witch until the day of his death. He comes close to confessing to witchcraft but realizes that it disgraces his...
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