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“The Crucible” By Arthur Miller - religion and puritan belief

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"THE CRUCIBLE" BY ARTHUR MILLER "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller is set in the seventeenth century and involves the Puritan beliefs and religion. The characters in the play are very religious. Anyone who was considered to be a witch was condemned to death. This was because any sort of witchcraft was considered as worshiping the devil, which is totally against their faith. John Proctor was a farmer, and is married to Elizabeth. He is well respected in the town where the play was set. However, he has sinned because he committed adultery with Abigail Williams, niece of the local minister. The affair ceased once Elizabeth found out. On page 17 of the play, we see that Abigail is still in love with John by the way she says, "I am waiting for you every night" and "She clutches him desperately". It gives the impression that this affair has given her great pleasure and she will do anything to get it back. She tries to seduce him into taking her back. Examples of this are "softening" and "weeping". This is trying to make Proctor feel sorry for her in return for his love. ...read more.


This is demonstrated particularly when Abigail speaks of his wife. He says with anger, "You'll speak nothin' of Elizabeth!" He starts to shake her when Abigail accuses Elizabeth. This obviously shows that he cares greatly for his wife, and will not allow anyone to speak badly of her. On the other hand, the conservation between Proctor and Elizabeth starting on page 41, differs greatly from the sequence involving Proctor and Abigail previously. The act starts with Proctor returning home, his wife greeting him with a meal. While he eats it she "sits and watches him taste it" and "blushes with pleasure" when John says, "It's well seasoned". It is obvious here that Elizabeth gets great satisfaction from seeing John happy. If she can provide for him the things he likes, it gives her motivation. This contrasts greatly with the other relationship that John has, where it is clear that it is both parties that are getting equal pleasure out of the same experience. There doesn't seem to be much excitement between Elizabeth and Proctor. There is a lack of intensity in the conversation since "Aye" is spoken several times. ...read more.


This is the point where she starts to walk out of the room, probably feeling sorry for herself. This is very different compared to the association between Abigail and Proctor since it was he who was trying to get away, though this was only because he had to. He knew the affair had to finish and was trying to stop himself being seduced by Abigail's temptations. In conclusion, I think the relationship between Elizabeth and Proctor was a positive one till she became aware of her husbands betrayal. Up to that point she provided for her husband's needs and this was enough. However, now she has lost confidence and perhaps realises that providing for his needs, in her way could not match the sexual needs that were apparent in the other relationship. The sexual relationship between Abigail and John appeared to dominate despite John's wishes to remain faithful to his religion and beliefs. In the relationship between Elizabeth and John, he takes on the dominant role whereas with Abigail and John, she takes the manipulative lead. We see signs of John giving in to her advances but we see none of this in the other relationship. Overall, this gives the impression that sexual desire out ways other requirements in a relationship. Charlotte Hamil Year 10 ...read more.

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