The Crucible Tragic Hero


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  • Hamartia: The flaw that causes the downfall
  • "My honesty is broke, Elizabeth; I am no good man
  • John Proctor's hamartia is his guilt.
  • "Why must it be written?"
  • "This we shall post upon the church door!"
  • Hubris: Extreme pride
  • John's hubris is his reputation.
  • Peripetia: Reversal of four tune
  • "There be no higher judge under heaven than Proctor is! Forgive me, Forgive me, John,"
  • Peripetia: When Elizabeth forgives John
  • "I mean to deny nothing!"
  • Anagnorisis: When the hero makes a critical discovery
  • "Let you fear nothing! Another judgement awaits us all!"
  • anagnorisis: when john realizes that only he can forgive himself.
  • "You're the Devil's man!"
  • Nemesis: Fate that cannot be reversed
  • Nemesis: John is accused of witchcraft
  • Catharsis: Tone audience is left with after the hero's fall.
  • "He have his goodness now."
  • Catharsis: the reaction to John's death and Elizabeth remarrying
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