In that is John Proctor. John Proctor

In the play by Arthur Miller, “The Crucible,” the town of Salem is under the nonexistent threat of withcraft. All the characters are either lying to save their lives or to end others, or dying for admitting to a lie. A tragic hero is a character who is a great/virtuous character in a dramatic tradegy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. There is one character who stands out, and potrays himself to be a tragic hero and that is John Proctor. John Proctor is a tragic hero, because of his abilities and notable traits such as reason and personal sacrifice. He fits he description of a tragic hero, because of his flaws like unfaithfullness and pride that led to his downfall from grace.
During the chaos of the trials, John Proctor is set apart from othe other citizens. He is trying to do what is good, despite the personal cost. While the trial is begining to proceed John Proctor tries to protect his wife. He tells Danforth, “She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore’s vengeance, and you must see it; I set myself entirely in your hands. I know you must see it now” (Miller 1148). John Proctor is revealing Abigails true motives.
Every tragic hero has a flaw. John Proctor’s flaw is that he had an affair outside his marriage with Abbigail. His affair with Abbigail could be the root of the Salem witch trials. He has tried to silence Abbigail several times. John Proctor says, “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby (Mller 1109). Abigail is trying to close Elizabeth out of the picture. Once she realizes that John Proctor will not leave Elizabeth for her then she starts the chaos about the witch trials.
Another tragic flaw that John Proctor shows is pride. Proctor has the choice between death or life on pen or paper. If he signed his name on the paper, that meant he was going to live. If he did not sign his name that meant, he was going to die. John Proctor refuses to sign his name and he says, “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life!” (Miller 1164). Proctor is too prideful in his name. Jon Proctor verbally confesses to these lies, but he does not want his name to be on paper. The reason for that is he doesn’t want the citizens of Salem to see his name on the confession paper of the church door. This flaw leads to the downfall or death of John Proctor.
John Proctor shows his flaws through, personal demons like pride, lust, and unfaithfulness. Arthur Miller teaches us that unfaithfulness and pride can lead to a major downfall.