How does Miller make John Proctor such a vividly dramatic character in The Crucible?    In you opinioin, How does miller make john proctor such a vividly dramatic charachter ?Suppor your ideas...

How does Miller make John Proctor such a vividly dramatic character in The Crucible?

 

 

In you opinioin, How does miller make john proctor such a vividly dramatic charachter ?Suppor your ideas with detals from the play.Write aproximately 400 words.Please people you have to help me !!!Wishes for all !!!

 

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

John Proctor is a very human character who undergoes the type of evolution reserved for more than human characters in literature.  At the start of the play, Proctor is painfully human.  He engages in an affair with Abigail, initially has difficulty in finding a moral home with his wife, and is fraught with guilt about this experience.  The fact that he is a farmer, a very "ordinary" position in Salem's society testifies to this idea that he is quite common.  What makes him a very dramatic character is that he understands quite well that although "ordinary," he has to undergo an extraordinary element in overcoming the dangerous cultural majority that is terrorizing Salem.  Miller imbues his hero, an ordinary man, with extraordinary and almost mythical heroic characteristics as Proctor confronts the social order that is reckless with its accusations, false sense of judicial proceedings, and belief that it is absolute in its judgment.  Proctor defends to his very death the idea that human freedom must stand as an absolute against any notion of social control.  While freedom might not be perfect and exposes the very nature of human frailty, Proctor's actions to zealously advocate for what is right, and for his very name prove to be the ulitimate statement that human freedom in the aim for one's own defense of self cannot be trumped by a social majority that seeks to advance a subversive and self- serving agenda.  As he sacrifices his life for such a noble end, Proctor reminds the reader that human beings do possess power and must always exercise the autonomy that embraces such a notion of freedom regardless of circumstances.  Both Proctor's status as an "ordinary" person and his evolution into an "extraordinary" figure makes him vividly dramatic.

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