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Arthur Millers The Crucible is clearly a representation of the true meaning of tragedy John Proctor was in fact the medium the tool of which Miller utilized to convey a universal depiction of tragedy A broad definition of a tragic hero is a protagonist who through faults and flaws of his own and in the society in which he exists falters in the grand scheme of things This mistake leads to suffering which ultimately leads to a self-realization Miller himself has said Tragedy then is the consequence of a mans total compulsion to evaluate himself justly leading us to believe that a greater theme encompasses this downfall Miller as well as many other literary critics seem to convey that tragedy revolves around two universal aspects fear and freedom The Crucible is a direct parallel to the multiple ideals of tragedy and thus centers around John Proctors fear and freedom while he exists as a tragic hero The first stage in the process of establishing the tragic hero for Miller was relaying the characteristics of John Proctor It was essential that Proctor be viewed as the so called good guy in the plot one who stands out or the audience can relate to He is described as a farmer in his middle thirties with a powerful body and a steady manner and is already being established as the protagonist in which we sympathize withp19 Millers choice to describe him in such a fashion is very significant By describing the tragic hero as a strong steady farmer the dramatic effect is even greater Who else better to fall victim to his own personal freedom and the fear of others but the strong stern character John Proctors description also provides another outlet to convey the dynamic nature of his character While the physical side of Proctor deteriorated towards the conclusion of the story a contrast is created John is said to be another man
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