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How does Arthur Miller present the relationship of John and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible?

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Miller presents the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor as an element which develops and changes in the course of the play. The relationship doesn't change a lot but it changes a bit but at the end of the play goes back to how it was in the beginning of the play. John's character progresses from showing guilt over his relationship with Abigail to exasperation with Elizabeth intractability, and finally to repentance and the rediscovery of his honour. Elizabeth's character changes less during the course of the play. Initially she is portrayed by Abigail as being cold and unfeeling. In the play Abigail says 'It's a bitter woman, a lying cold, snivelling woman.' Even though Abigail is a wicked girl she is saying this to make the relationship of John and Elizabeth much more badly as she wants to separate both of them. Elizabeth finally enters the action in Act Two. She doesn't seem to be the unpleasant person described in the first act, she's more like some inadequate to her task. Most of Act Two is to do with how Elizabeth and John Proctor's Relationship is going on. ...read more.


And by inference we can deduce that John and Elizabeth Proctor are not compatible. The character of John is described as one of basic dignity and honesty led astray momentarily by the distractions of Abigail. The fullest picture of John Proctor is actually given in the stage directions just before he enters. He is portrayed as a man who had a sharp and biting way with hypocrites, he was even tempered and not easily led by others, and he has a steady manner he displays does not spring from an untroubled soul. Although John Proctor purports to reject Abigail 'I'll not be coming for you more', his denials are not wholly convincing. Moments later he says to her 'I may think of you softly time to time.' The first direct interaction between Elizabeth and John opens Act two. Elizabeth is not initially portrayed as a cold woman but beginning with her suspicious remarks over John's lateness Miller increases dramatic tension until the turning which is reached when John inadvertently reveals that he was alone with Abigail. This is not what John had previously told Elizabeth, 'Why then, it is not as you told me' she says the mistrust of the relationship is apparent. ...read more.


Well in that time a woman needed a partner so they would get married again if their husband died. But nowadays we would say that Elizabeth wasn't a good wife because in modern times you could survive would a husband or wife. So I can't say if she was a good wife deciding on the point, she got married again. The message of 'The Crucible' is still relevant today particularly with the analogy which Arthur Miller intended i.e. Salem and McCarthyism. But it is also relevant in more recent times with today's preoccupation with terrorism, Guantanamo Bay being an example. Overall I think there relationship went from difficult to slightly fine and then went back a slightly hard relationship. But I don't think both of them were being a kind and well-mannered to each other. But I would say that Elizabeth Proctor would be the worse person between both of them. I say this because when John Proctor admits he did adultery with Abigail Williams, Elizabeth doesn't forgive John when he asks her to forgive him. Whereas I think if Elizabeth was John and John was Elizabeth then I think that John would have forgiven Elizabeth. But I can't assume this because you can never know. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Denesh Vigneswarathasan 10Q ...read more.

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