After reading Act Four in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible students have to understand John Proctor as a dynamic character. Does Proctor pass his crucible? Does he finally redeem himself after that fatal mistake? Does he recover from his identity crisis? Students will create John Proctor’s character using a magazine cutout figure. Then students will answer a series of questions to help them understand John Proctor as a tragic hero and his status as a dynamic character.
... John Proctor as a Tragic Hero In the Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller, John Proctor is the tragic hero. A tragic hero is defined as someone who has great courage that ends up dying at the end of the story. The reason John Proctor is the tragic hero ...
John Proctor As A Tragic Hero Using Aristotles 6 Principles
He also manages to finally undermine the court, by proving that the trials are false and are only being carried on because the name and integrity of the government and theocracy in Massachusetts is at risk. John dies heroically. He does not give in to save his own life, and until the final moment is loyal to his friends, by not giving any names in his confession, and then by not confessing. He also remains true to his faith and therefore is seen as a martyr by the people in Salem. We see John Proctor as a tragic hero at the end of this play because, as Arthur Miller stated in Tragedy and the common man, 'the tragic feeling is evoked in us when we are in the presence of a character who is willing to lay down his life, if need be, to secure one thing, his sense of personal dignity. So we see John as a hero because he fights to the death for what he believes in and his story generally arouses empathy in the audience. His sense of reputation in this play is very important to him, which is why he is willing to die for his name. Through his death however, he manages to restore his sense of personal dignity, and to finally aid the prevention of the Salem witch trials. He also manages to regain the respect of the others in the town. John Proctor died a tragic hero and a martyr along with Rebecca Nurse and Giles Corey. Robyn Morgan 10X1A The Crucible Coursework