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What are some reasons why John Proctor is the protagonist of The Crucible by Arthur Miller?

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John Proctor is the ideal protagonist of the play for several reasons. He is a respected member of his community and a guilt-ridden man who regrets carrying on an affair with Abigail Williams, which has significantly damaged his marriage. He is not only an authentic, dynamic character but is also a relatable person that audiences can identify with and understand.

Similar to the audience, Proctor is initially unaffected by the hysteria, which makes his character more appealing. Since Abigail Williams is the leading voice of the corrupt trials, she has a special connection with John and desires to have him to herself by getting rid of Elizabeth. By casting Proctor as the protagonist of the play, Miller is able to focus on the human condition during the witch trials and create an intriguing romantic subplot involving the relationships between Proctor, his wife, and Abigail. As the leading figure of the play, Proctor's character is tested when Abigail accuses Elizabeth of attempted murder,...

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John Proctor is the protagonist of The Crucible By Arthur Miller because he has to go through the most challenges during the play. He is regarded highly in his town, but to help friends and get his wife out of jail he must put that on the line. We sympathize with him yet we see his flaws. He is a good person, but he was tempted to commit adultery. Now he has to pay a price for his actions. His story allows us to see the troubles that the people of Salem went through during the time of the trials. Additionally, John Proctor’s situation raises the stakes of the play in that his name is not the only thing on the line. His life is as well.