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Topics: Salem witch trials, The Crucible, John Proctor Pages: 2 (768 words) Published: November 9, 2013
Ed Guillen
Mr. Shay
American Literature
October 25, 2013

Tragic Hero

The Crucible is a breath taking play written by Arthur Miller about the Salem witch trials, but in reality this play represents the McCarthyism trials against communism. This play focuses on exactly how puritan beliefs were applied. Their beliefs characteristics, motivations and a significant set of internal or external conflicts are demonstrated throughout the play. In The Crucible, the reader comes across many different characters that play extremely important roles throughout the story. A great example would be John Proctor, a farmer who is quite respected in the village of Salem. John Proctor is one of the main characters driving the play.

John is a respected man in the village; this is because of the amount of land in which he owned. He was also respected due to his outstanding morals and strong character. John Proctor was a very honest man, he had done wrong by cheating on his good wife but had not lied to her about it, and he told her up front and apologized for his wrong doings. This was discussed between John and his wife Elizabeth in Act II, “No more! I should have roared you down when first you told me your suspicion. But I wilted, and, like a Christian, I confessed. Confessed?” (Pg.55, Miller) Proctor is also an upright character; he knows what is right and what is wrong and stands up for it. This is demonstrated when Proctor’s refusal to attend church is discussed. He states that it hurts his prayer to hear Reverend Parris preach about greed and money. He feels that Parris is very selfish and doesn’t care for him at all. Proctor also is very hard-working; he is a farmer who supports a family of his own. His hard-working characteristic is also shown when he gives his all to defend Elizabeth in court and counter the girl’s lies.

John Proctor had cheated on his wife with Abigail Williams who worked in their household. John knew what he did was wrong, and came...
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