John Procter as a tragic hero

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By: Brandon Hendrick

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  • Hamartia: The flaw that causes the downfall
  • John: Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby.
  • Abigail: Aye, but we did.
  • John is very respected, but his flaw is that he committed adultry
  • Hubris: Extreme pride
  • Elizabeth: You need to tell the court what you know.
  • John Proctor as a tragic hero using Aristotle's 6 principles
  • John: I can't prove what Abigail told me because we were alone when she admitted there was no witchcraft involved.
  • Anagnorisis: When the hero makes a critical discovery
  • Mary: I cannot, I cannot...
  • John: Make your peace with it! Now Hell and Heaven grapple on our backs, and all our old pretense is ripped away, make your peace!
  • Peripeteia: Reversal of fortune
  • Elizabeth: I'm responsible for your affair with Abigail. If I were a better wife, you would not have been inclined to place your affections elsewhere.
  • John: My honesty is broke, Elizabeth, I am no good man.
  • Nemesis: Fate that cannot be reversed
  • John: Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!
  • Hale: You fool you'll be killed!
  • Elizabeth: I cannot take his goodness from him, now that he has it.
  • Danforth: I cannot accept this.
  • Catharsis: Tone (pity or fear) the audience is left with after the hero's fall
  • John: I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs. Give them no tear! Tears pleasure them! Show honor now, show a stony heart and sink them with it!
  • By: Brandon Hendrick
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