Crucible Essay

1031 Words Dec 27th, 2015 5 Pages
Meghan Marasti
Ms. Kelly
Survey of American Literature
16 October 2015 The Crucible Analytical Paper “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it,” Benjamin Franklin once said. Reputation has a large impact on the citizens of Salem, Massachusetts in the play, The Crucible. John Proctor is most affected by the thought of maintaining an acceptable reputation for his name. Throughout The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, John Proctor made many mistakes, one such as committing adultery, which made his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, lose his trust. Although he made mistakes, the town still saw John as a respectable man who cared immensely for his family. In the end, John did admit his sin of adultery and was
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But you're not, you're not, and let you remember it! Let you look sometimes for goodness in me, and judge me not," (Miller 55). He begs for forgiveness, but knows he has ruined his reputation and relationship with his wife. He then has to admit his sin to the court and will be hanged because he is accused of witchcraft. The town of Salem will now look down upon him and his good name will be ruined. He was looked upon as a well-respected man full of integrity and since he has committed a crime he has caused a major catastrophe throughout the town. Through this change of fortune, John has ruined his relationship with his wife and his good reputation of his name throughout the town because he committed a sin and is accused of witchcraft, which causes a major catastrophe in the town causing him to begin his major downfall. Proctor is proved to be the tragic hero through another one of Aristotle’s Appeals known as tragic flaw. “The protagonist will mistakenly bring about his own downfall,” (McManus). John Proctor causes his own downfall by having an affair and committing witchcraft. His tragic flaw is pride. John commits adultery with Abigail and does not want to lose his pride so he does not admit his crime to the court. He is scared what the people of the town will think of him. However, he decides to overcome losing his pride and admits to his sin showing strong integrity. Also, Proctor refuses to confess to a false accusation because that is against God and

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