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Seth ZamoraMrs. ClaycombEnglish 11 May 2nd, 2013The CrucibleTragic hero and tragic flawIn Arthur Millers play, The Crucible there is two tragic heroes, John Proctor and Reverend Hale. John Proctor is one of the tragic heros because of his protectiveness and care for his wife. He wants to please his wife which shows that he cares for her. When Elizabeth is arrested and Proctor is in the court, he confesses to his lechery with Abigail in order to save his wife. There is also proof of his protectiveness over Elizabeth.Reverend Hale is the other tragic hero because of his compassion. When Abigail accuses Tituba of witchcraft, Reverend Parris began beating her. Hale stops him and offers Tituba salvation with God. Another example of his compassion is when he goes to the houses of each of the people accused or mentioned in court to get a rational understanding of them. Like Procter, Hale is a rational thinker. He tries to ask as many questions as possible in order to get the whole truth. He is also well-educated person, as shown by the many books he brings with him to Salem.One of the major tragic flaws John Proctor possesses is his pride. In certain occurrences in the play, Proctor does what is right to keep his pride but also to keep his conscience free of guilt. Proctor does this when he confesses to the court lechery with Abigail. However, nearing the end of the play, it seems Proctor is fiving up on his pride and confesses to witchcraft. But he regains his self-esteem by admitting to lying about witchcraft, and then he ripped the paper on which hed written his testimony. Proctor learned that if he lied of told the truth, his pride or his life would be at risk.Reverend Hales major tragic flaw is his rational thinking. Hale is a religious man, yet he always analyzed his thinking. When he believes there is something other than religion that is a cause for all the events in the play, he tries to get to the bottom of it. Also in the play, Hales ideas contradict the ideas of the court, so this made the court question Hales authority. Hale began to be fed up with this and quit the court. Hale learned that sometimes rationality doesnt over come religious thinking.Proctors big enlightenment is that he cannot be saved by lying. If he lies about being a witch, then his name would be blackened. If he said he wasnt a witch, he would be hung because of the courts disbelief. Another example John Proctor cannot lie would be his lechery. When his wife lies for Proctor to save his name, she ended up risking his life. However, if she did say Abigail was a harlot then Proctors and his wifes life wouldve been spared, but not his name. Proctor realizes that either way he could not be saved because of his arrogant pride.Hales big enlightenment is that rationality doesnt always win. Even when he himself tries to make sense of the events that are happening, the courts wrote his efforts off to lack of experience. Also, when Hale rationalizes the witchcraft cases, he begins to get attacked by Abigail, who says his wife attacked her. From this he realizes that rationality might be at risk if religion is strong with the people.