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The Tragic Hero In Arthur Millers play The Crucible the small town of Salem is full of hysteria due to accusations of children that many people in the town are witches One of the accused is John Proctor a strong steady farmer John Proctor fulfills the requirements of a tragic hero by his actions throughout the story His tragic hero status is proven by his efforts to save his wife from being put to death his attempt to prove the children are making false claims and his refusal to confess to practicing witchcraft Proctor is a tragic hero in his efforts to save his wife Proctors first display of trying to save his wife is shown when the court officials come to take Elizabeth away He becomes so infuriated with the accusation that he rips the warrant and tells them to leave Proctor shows signs of being a tragic hero when he attempts to go to court and save his wife However he ends up being accused himself Mary Warren is testifying when suddenly she beaks down and accuses John Thus Proctor fails in attempting to rescue his wife from false accusations instead he gets sucked into the witch hysteria Proctor establishes that the children are lying in court with respect to their accusations of the townspeople Proctor first learns of this through Mary Warren who is one of the accusers He determines from the events that Mary Warren and Abagail the lead conspirator are trying to kill Proctors wife by accusing her They come up with the idea of what is basically a voodoo 2 Doll that Mary Warren constructs and gives to Elizabeth When Mary is summoned to the courtroom and is asked if she has any knowledge of the doll she says Susanna saw her sewing it Proctor puts two and two together and figures that it is all a hoax He decides to go to court
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