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Discuss John Proctor, the protagonist, and Abigail Williams, the antagonist, in The Crucible by Arthur Miller.

In The Crucible, John Proctor is the protagonist of the play and the tragic hero who redeems himself by public confessing to adultery and dying a martyr. John Proctor is the leading figure who challenges Salem's court and exposes Abigail as a liar. Abigail Williams is the play's primary antagonist, who perpetuates the witchcraft hysteria by falsely accusing innocent citizens of witchcraft and attempting to murder Elizabeth Proctor.

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In many ways, The Crucible could be considered John Proctor's redemption story as he atones for his past sins by sacrificing himself to save innocent civilians and undermine the corrupt court's authority. John Proctor is the tragic hero of the play and the protagonist. He experiences guilt, shame, and remorse for engaging in a previous affair with the nefarious Abigail Williams. Initially, John Proctor is reluctant to get involved in the witch trials but is forced to defend his wife when Abigail falsely accuses her of witchcraft and attempted murder. Although John Proctor desires to protect his reputation and remain aloof, he demonstrates integrity by challenging Salem's court, supporting Giles Corey and Francis Nurse's arguments and encouraging Mary Warren to expose the truth.

Unfortunately, John Proctor's efforts are in vain, and he sacrifices his reputation by publicly confessing to adultery in order to tarnish Abigail's character. However, Elizabeth lies on his behalf, and Proctor is...

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