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A tragic event should bring fear and pity to the reader and the hero should be courageous and noble hence when combined a tragic hero is presented The protagonist John Proctor portrays a tragic hero in The Crucible His hamartia of treachery caused great internal struggles he displays hubris by challenging authority and encountered catastrophe as the play went on John Proctors decision to betray his wife caused internal turmoil and ultimately lead to his ruin at the end of the play Proctors tragic flaw was that in which he committed treachery which provoked part of his misfortune Proctors serious mistake of adultery delivered problems with Abigail and caused an accusation of his wife practicing witchcraft Abigail was a grown young woman and yet she was an orphan who mistook John Proctors sexual urge for true love When Proctor told Abigail that the relationship could no longer continue the girl became angry and did not accept this In order to prove Abigails sinfulness and to discredit her in front of the court Proctor proclaimed that he had an affair with this evil whore This outraged the court officials and they summoned Elizabeth Proctor to find the truth When asked about her husband Elizabeths soul was twisted for revealing the truth could destroy her husbands reputation but lying meant breaking her solemn oath to God Because she was noble to her husband Elizabeth chose to lie and save her husband but perhaps condemn herself to hell for such a sin This scene indicates dramatic irony for Proctor knew he had already confessed and Elizabeth was unaware of the confession The court jailed Proctor Elizabeth Proctors selfless act backfired Proctor committing adultery with Abigail directly caused his jailing and indirectly caused his wifes allegation as a witch for Proctor starting the spark to Abigails intense lascivious emotions toward him resulted in his death The court viewed his real truth as a lie and
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