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Is John Proctor a classic tragic hero?

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An Aristotelian tragic hero must possess several distinct character traits, which include a significant flaw or error in judgment and a reversal of fortune as a result of their character flaw. The tragic hero must also recognize their flaw and suffer a fate that must be greater than deserved. Tragic heroes are also noble in nature, and their fate elicits sympathy from the audience. According to this classic definition, John Proctor fits the description of a tragic hero in Arthur Miller's celebrated play The Crucible.

John Proctor is portrayed as a guilt-stricken man who is respected by his peers and revered throughout Salem's community. John's character flaw is his lack of discipline and ability to control his physical desires. This character flaw influences him to commit adultery with Abigail Williams before the start of the play. John's affair with Abigail Williams comes back to haunt him as he experiences a complete reversal of fortune when his wife is falsely accused of witchcraft. In...

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