The Crucible Questions and Answers
by Arthur Miller

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Assess the degree to which Proctor is a tragic character. 

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In many respects, John Proctor in The Crucible answers to the traditional definition of a tragic hero. First of all, John's downfall evokes pity and fear in the audience. We feel that John, for all his faults, is basically a good man, and so we feel pity towards him as he endures the ordeal of being falsely accused of witchcraft. John is completely innocent, and there's nothing like the sufferings of an innocent man or woman to evoke pity....

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