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Analyse and discuss the way in which Arthur Miller presents the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor, focussing on the dramatic change from Act two to Act four'

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Amy Hedderman The Crucible Drama Coursework 'Analyse and discuss the way in which Arthur Miller presents the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor, focussing on the dramatic change from Act two to Act four' 'The Crucible' known as some what an energetic and thrilling play was written around the act of the Salem witch trials which occurred in 1692 and later written in a play format by Arthur Miller in 1953. Using this play Miller himself intended to shock the audience not only with varieties of events that occur throughout the play but also the deep purposeful relationships between Elizabeth Proctor and her husband John. Over time in the play the reader is somewhat touched by their sanity and there discovery of a sensitive and sticky awkwardness between the couple, which is followed by the audience throughout the play till the very end where the relationship itself is forever changing. The main plot of this play is based entirely around the individual and extreme views on witchcraft and how it can take over people's minds, yet still the relationship of both John and Elizabeth proctor is still present during the incident of witchery, but in an ever changing way, especially between the Acts two and four. Miller felt it was important to write this play to show the public just how ridiculous it was when people feel the need to blame others for society's own problems rather than accepting the fall themselves. This is shown especially well throughout the play. The town itself 'Salem' is filled with people, who are very judgemental and live in an extremely upright society, were religion and rules play a big part in there lives and to break any face having to suffer huge consequences. The chaos itself begins in the middle of a nearby wood were many maids and children are caught by Reverend Paris dancing around. ...read more.

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He says this in such way trying not to offend his wife as he knows it's her role to do such a thing as pour out the cider. This makes Elizabeth think about it must have been her fault he had an affair because her role as a wife just wasn't good enough for him so he wanted to move on to someone else. Its extremely sad that she thinks like this as it wasn't her fault and blaming herself for what her husband did is not the right way to go about it. From the start of act two the conversation between the couple can be seen by the audience as uncomfortable, however this you can see change as the act progresses through. First by discussing the witch trials which obviously brings up the subject of Abigail which relates to hers and proctors affair. This starts an argument as John had been to see Abigail herself a few days back, this concerning Elizabeth and effects her tremendously seeing as though she had not been told sooner and shows the audience how there relationship has gone from bad to worse, being so upset and starting to raise her voice, showing no hope for there marriage now. At this point proctor is fed up with Elizabeth's suspicions as he hasn't even committed anything bad since the affair between him and Abigail. ' I have not moved form there to there without I think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral marches around your heart' what he has said he, you can really tell his anger has got the better side of his, and turning nasty and vicious towards Elizabeth almost in a defensive manner. This is seen as rather unfair as she has the reason for judging him. She speaks ' the magistrate that sits in your heart that judges you' This shows us that it is actually him that is judging himself due to the guilt and pressure he is feeling and has nothing to do with what Elizabeth says. ...read more.

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This is were Act four is drawing to an end, were john lifts Elizabeth and kisses her with great passion which clearly states there relationship has come together, and changed so much from act two were john kissing Elizabeth was seen as such disappointment to her but no such a romantic and emotional moment. However its not just Elizabeth feeling this passion, they both share such moment together, letting the audience really no what they both want. After this passionate moment takes place, john is taken off the scene to be hanged, and Elizabeth is there to say her last few words to support her husband's tragic death. Elizabeth seems glad he can finally be at peace as before his life seemed always troubled and never settled. He only really had one fault that he had made in his life and that was the affair with Abigail, and from she believed was that it was because of her, this shows her true feelings for there relationship and faulting herself makes her feel that little bit better. Throughout the whole play Author Miller presents the couple in many different ways, changing the way there relationship occurs in each scene, taking both different personalities into perspective. From act two were the relationship between them both was extremely tense and uncomfortable at times around each other, but progressively throughout the play, even when times got really tough there relationship seemed to get stronger and closer, showing that when times got tough they were actually there when they needed somebody to be with them and help the through it, this really shows how all along the couple have never fallen out of love and have always had such deep feelings for each other and meant for each other and this can especially be seen in act four when there relationship had to end due to the death of john Proctor. ...read more.

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