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A tragedy should bring fear and pity to the reader A man in this tragedy notshould be exceptionally righteous but his faults should come about because of a certainirreversible error on his part This man should find a bad or fatal ending to add to thetragedy of the story for this man in the tragic hero The protagonist John Proctorportrays a tragic hero in The Crucible his hamartia of adultery causes great internalstruggles he displays hubris by challenging authority and he encounters catastropheJohn Proctors decision to betray his wife causes internal struggles and ultimatelyleads to his catastrophe at the end of the drama Hamartia is the primary error of thetragic hero which provokes part of his misfortune Proctors serious mistake of adulterydelivers problems with Abigail Williams and indirectly causes his jailing Abigail is agrown young woman and yet she is an orphan who mistakes John Proctors sex for truelove When Proctor tells Abigail that the relationship can no longer continue the girlbecomes angry and sorrowful 1098 In order to prove Abigails sinfulness and todiscredit her in front of the court Proctor proclaims that he had an affair with this evilchild The outraged court officials summon Elizabeth Proctor to find the truth Whenasked about her husband Elizabeths soul is twisted for reporting the truth could destroyher husbands reputation but lying means breaking her solemn oath to God Because sheis selfless Elizabeth chooses to lie and save her husband but perhaps condemn herself tohell for such a sin This scene indicates dramatic irony for Proctor knows that whichElizabeth is not aware of and this is that he has already confessed it 1148 The courtjails Proctor Elizabeth Proctors selfless act backfires Proctors hamartia of adulteryindirectly causes his jailing and gives him the reputation of a liar The court views his realtruth as a lie and believes he defies authority Although John Proctor does not truly defyauthority in this scene of the play for he tells the truth and
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