• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Jane Austen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Jane Austen essays

  1. Examine how Miller creates tension and conflict between John and Elizabeth Proctor in Act ...

    Miller shows a different feeling in age 50 as Mary warren tells Elizabeth and john that Elizabeth has been mention in court, Elizabeth tells john she thinks Abigail wants her dead, she speaks with increasing sarcasm as I think Elizabeth is still jealous of john and Abigail.

  2. Compare and contrast Hester Prynne (The scarlet letter) and Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible).

    Hester Prynne and Elizabeth both sinned, the sins that they committed were not greater than each other. In many religions sins are equal just the consequences in the world are not, for example in religion lying and murder are the same thing, but the consequence for murder is going to

  1. Discuss the Relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor and its Presentation. In What Ways ...

    John says, "I think you're sad again. Are you?" to which Elizabeth replies, "You come so late I thought you'd gone to Salem this afternoon". Here, John is asking Elizabeth if she is upset, John knows that she is and it is because she believes he is continuing his affair with Abigail.

  2. Argue that the theory of common sense structures provides an important and hitherto unappreciated ...

    And then, as K�hler points out: `The lower this intensity, the more will a condition of merely factual [i.e. physical] relation, juxtaposition, or sequence be realized.' (1938, p. 337) We can consider as a thought experiment the idea that we might present to ourselves the objects of the common-sense world merely perceptually.

  1. The Crucible: How is tension created and maintained between John and Elizabeth, and how ...

    In reality John is sixty and Abigail is eleven when the play is set and so it is very unlikely that they ever had an affair. This means that John and Elizabeth's relationship did not progress as in the play.

  2. The Crucible - How does Miller effectively create a sense of tension and conflict ...

    He said that he wanted "to study the actual words of the interrogations, a gnarled way of speaking" Miller also admitted to unintentionally, "elaborating a few grammatical forms himself, the double negatives especially", although Act two is not a court scene I believe that Millers research into the language of

  1. By comparing the two acts in which the relationship of John and Elizabeth Proctor ...

    The first thing he does when he enters is to taste and seasons the rabbit strew, which has been already prepared by Elizabeth Proctor. However, he does not allow Elizabeth to witness him doing this. This shows that the couple are not close enough to pick out each other's weaknesses

  2. how doe arthur miller create tension in the crucible

    John is sentenced to be hung; Elizabeth who has survived so far due to her pregnancy tries to convince John to confess to witchcraft; however he chooses to die with his dignity rather then live without it. The Salem witch trails was a real event and John , Abigail ,

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work