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At the end of Act four in Arthur Millers allegorical tale The crucible the play reaches its final and conclusive climax John Proctor is forced by his conscience his reason and the authority to reach a decision On this decision balances his life his reputation and his soul The audience and Proctors own conscience will either brand him a coward or a hero depending on this single choice Ultimately he chooses the path of the hero However John Proctor is a tragic hero who until that point in the play has carried with him a horrid sin which coupled with his morality led to his downfall The final impression of Proctor is an inherently conflicting image On one hand he is seen as a hero because he sacrificed his life selflessly and on the other hand a sinner because he committed a moral crime One reason why Proctor may be considered a hero is because he shows the common and accepted characteristics of a hero These characteristics include tenacity in the face of danger and fear which is shown in act four by the way Herrick describes him in a jail cell He sits like some great bird youd not know he lived except he will take food from time to time This instance in the play illustrates the passive stubborn courage that Proctors character encompasses Another is honesty which is apparent in the conversation between Proctor and his wife in Act two I wilted and like a Christian I confessed Proctors morality and righteousness are also evident in the plays entirety for example his abstinence from further lust for Abigail in the beginning of the play No no Abby thats done with and his restrain from confession in order to save the reputation of his friends Proctors traits are also embellished with his independence intelligence and quick wits all of which are demonstrated in his interaction with other characters His independence and honesty is
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