The Crucible - Proctor's Character Flaw

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Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, is a very powerful statement about Puritan ethics in the 17th century. The play depicts a character, John Proctor, against both his inner conscience to do what is right, and against the courts of Salem, where he is involved in a crucible to rid the city of witches. These circumstances arise for Proctor because of his affair with Abigail Williams, the leader of the girls who have started the …

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…distance from the proceedings, when he needed to be convinced by his wife to get involved in the trial, when he used Mary Warren to testify instead of himself, and when accused of being a witch—led to his ultimate downfall. Proctor’s final dilemma, choosing between living a lie or dying for the truth, further illustrates the type of person that Proctor is, and the type of hero that he is: a tragic hero.