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How Does the Dialogue Between John and Elizabeth Proctor in Pages 41 - 46 Reflect the Tensions and Strengths in their Relationship?

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How Does the Dialogue Between John and Elizabeth Proctor in Pages 41 - 46 Reflect the Tensions and Strengths in their Relationship? During the first part of act two, the scene is set in the Proctors house, and a conversation takes place between Elizabeth and John Proctor. He has arrived home late, and the conversation that takes place between husband and wife seems, at first to be polite, maybe a little bit static, as thought they had both first met. We can tell from John words that he is trying to please her, and make up to her for being unfaithful. Elizabeth, his wife can tell that he is trying to please her, but she is still not sure of what John thinks of Abigail, and whether she still has a place in his heart. This topic is never raised between the two of them, but we can see that it is the main thing that they are both thinking. ...read more.

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I would interpret this as a tension in their relationship, as it is not normal for married couples to not tell their true feelings to each other. However, this can also be interpreted as a strength in their relationship as John does not want to hurt his wife's feelings, and wants to make her happy, whatever it takes. A lot of strain is being put on their relationship because Elizabeth is afraid to speak her mind -"(she doesn't want friction and yet she must): you come so late I thought you'd gone to Salem this afternoon". She is scared that any little thing that may upset John will lead to him getting angry, and all that Elizabeth wants is a happy home. I think that Elizabeth worries that John will choose Abigail over her, and that is why she is being so cautious around him. I think that there is a lot of tension shown by the topics that they talk about together. ...read more.

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Also, of course the kiss between them showed some tension as all Elizabeth did was "receive it", but it shows strength on Johns part as he is showing her physically how much he loves her. There are very many awkward moments during this scene, and I can see that the strength in their relationship is actually causing the tension. If John and Elizabeth did not care for each other deeply, then they would not be trying to please each other so much, as they are showing in this scene, which cause friction between them. Although there are many strains in the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor, I believe that they both still really do love each other. They both seem to know each other well, and during the first few pages of act 2, there is a lot of tension between them. If this relationship were given time, I think that it would work out. I believe that the tension between the couple is because of the fact that they are both trying to cause strength. Claire Fricker 10P ...read more.

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