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What modern American hero is similar to John Proctor in The Crucible and how?

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You can compare John Proctor to Arthur Miller himself. The Crucible, which is about the Salem Witch Trials, was inspired by McCarthyism and the trials that resulted under the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. During this time, artists like Miller were put on trial and asked to give the names of their friends and neighbors who were communists. Miller refused to give any names, just like how John Proctor refused to give any names.

To think of other American heroes, let's first consider the characteristics of John Proctor. He is strong-willed and stands up for his beliefs. Although he commits adultery, we can see that he does care about his wife and tries to save her. He is falsely accused of witchcraft, and dies refusing to falsely confess or give other names. Can you think of any people that were or are in similar situations?

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It is hard to find a modern hero exactly like John Proctor. These days, the only people who are generally brought down by sex scandals are politicians and...

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