It hardly takes a discerning eye to realize that life does not consist of fairy tale endings.
That fact is all too apparent in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a work which has been labeled a
tragedy by many critics. Robert Heilman defines a tragedy as a work of literature in which a
character divided within the self makes choices, bears the consequences of those choices, gains a
new awareness, and suffers victory in defeat.
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forever engraves in
the world’s mind the honor of commitment, a value which will forever be noble.
It appears the critics were right: The Crucible is a tragedy. But the uniqueness of the play
is what captured my heart. In fact, I cannot think of a more appropriate effect of a tragedy than
this: that an unlikely hero is found in an unworthy man. This moving possibility restores my
faith in present day paladins.