A tragic hero is described to be a character whose flaw or mistake ultimately leads to their downfall. The readers, most often, feels sympathy for the character as they suffer more than they deserve to. In Arthur Miller’s play, “The Crucible”, a small town called Salem was immersed in a crisis due to the accusations they had on witches. Many people were falsely accused, one of which was John Proctor. John was a friendly man that the community of Salem respected and adored. He is open, kind, helpful, and just a good, hardworking man. John Proctor is defined as a tragic hero because of his fatal flaw, the affair with Abigail Williams and his reputation, wrongfully imprisoning him, but he seeks redemption at the end of the play for his integrity.
Abigail begins the witch trails, as she does a ritual to kill Elizabeth and take her place as the wife of John Proctor. As she does here witch ritual, Parris discovers them and starts the trials. Therefore, the affair between John Proctor and Abigail Williams sparked a series of events that wrongfully accused innocent lives in the process.
As Elizabeth finds out about the affair, John tries to redeem himself; “…I
have not moved from there to there without I think to please you… I cannot speak but I am
doubted, every moment judged for lies…” John tells Elizabeth. This shows that John is determined to redeem himself for his mistake with Abigail. As the play progressed, John couldn’t control the desire for Abigail, this was destroying his reputation, and life as he makes this mistake.