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Christopher Trevino Mrs. Tyree English III- Period 3 December 15, 2013 John Proctor a Fallen Hero John Proctor is the tragic hero in the novel The Crucible. John Proctor is a wellrespected man, but he has a tragic flaw that he does not want known and brings about his downfall. However, he redeems himself through his death in the end. John Proctor is in fact a tragic hero through all his traits he shows throughout the novel. John is a loving husband. He proves that by telling Elizabeth, the stew is well seasoned, (Act 2, Line 20) which he had to add salt to. John likes to make Elizabeth happy, which shows he loves her. John admits to the court that he has known Abigail and admits their affair. He is showing his love towards his wife by throwing away his freedom and life to prove Elizabeths innocence and let her have freedom. He is showing his love for her by letting her know he cares about her enough to want her to be strong even though he has to die. John also possesses the trait of loyalty. John shows he is loyal by telling Abigail, I will cut off my hand before Ill ever reach for you again. (Act 1, Line 451). John can be unfaithful, but instead shows that he can still be loyal. Furthermore, when he tells Abigail; Youll speak nothing of Elizabeth! after Abigail had insulted her, he proves his loyalty towards his wife (Act 1, Lines 456-459). John proves his loyalty to Elizabeth by speaking up for her as he is trying to get her out of jail. John tells Danforth my wife cannot lie proving his loyalty and he cares about his wife (Act 3, Line 893).

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John Proctor does have a temper throughout the novel. The reason John was jailed at the end of the story was for having a bad temper. John proves he has a temper when speaking to Elizabeth and she asks him to go to the court that night. John shows his temper by yelling at Elizabeth I say I will think on it! (Act 2, Line 122) John shows his temper when talking with Elizabeth and Mary when he gets the whip to threaten Mary after her saying she would be in court every day. John Proctor was a good man. He was well-respected in the town. John died for his salvation; for he would rather die than live a lie. He also confessed his sins and was willing to die to show the right way for others. John Proctors legacy may live on if the accused can find it in their hearts to stay true to themselves and die for true salvation.