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Analysis of the Crucible, page 41-42.

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Analysis of the Crucible, page 41-42. Luke Drake The influential feeling throughout this extract, is the one sided effort to enjoy the time that they are spending over the meal. These efforts coming from John Proctor. One can gather the reasons for this cold shoulder shown to John by Elizabeth, is down to the broken trust, by John when having a love affair with Abigail earlier in the play. There are many emotions in the extract that show this feeling quite visibly, that can be explored. John shows great effort to show a keen interest in the meal provided by Elizabeth and other aspects of their day-to-day lives. Firstly when John hears the food is rabbit he quickly jumps in saying, 'Oh is it! In Jonathans trap.' This is his way to share a common ground, and to interact in their married life. There is also more evidence of John trying to make civilized conversation, with a slight humorous slant, 'This farm's a continent when you go foot by foot droppin' seeds in it.' It's also noticeable that he is looking to impress Elizabeth, trying to achieve this by showing off the work he had covered that day. ...read more.


The kiss is however taken by Elizabeth, as opposed to have joint in kiss. Which John picks up on as he returns to the table, 'with a certain Disappointment.' One can't help to get the feeling that Elizabeth, really does want to relax in the presence of her husband but her self-respect is restricting her, due to previous issues in the play. Evidence for this is the way in which John manages to make her blush, when complimenting on the stew, her responding, 'I took great care, she's tender?' this small interaction is the only real human relaxed interaction between the two, the rest being very rigid, especially on Elizabeth's behalf. One can detect this as she lets her guard down when forgetting Johns cider, the stage directions depict that she punishes herself, 'With a sense of reprimanding herself having forgot.' John also lets this machine like front down when he confesses with a rye smile, 'I mean to please you Elizabeth.' Almost saying to her 'what else can I do' in his intolerant smile. Her answer to his remark is not an honest one, as she outwardly says, she knows, but inside she is only revisiting the time when John had his affair with Abigail and why he wasn't so interested in pleasing her then. ...read more.


John as all men in a relationship need a form of excitement, and John in actual fact at this point in time would settle, for what can be one of the smallest forms, flowers. As seen in the dialog, even flowers are not on the table. So where has John received this excitement, that is a burning desire in all men? In Abigail, he may wish he could delete this, but his passion was always there. John's appetite for stimulation can be found in Act 1 page 17. Where John and Abigail are speaking of the controversy that occurred in the woods; Abigail goes on to say, 'Oh posh, we were dancin' in the woods,' as she says this, she is said to be confidently, closing in on John. John's smile widens, as he replies, 'Ah, you're wicked yet aren't y'!' So it is clear that he is enjoying this little witty exchange, something that he doesn't seem to be attaining from Elizabeth. This links in with the preliminary thought of the one sided effort to the current relationship, that John is only showing. However from what has been shown previously, is that Elizabeth would show a keener interest, but is ensnared in her dissatisfaction and lack of trust in John. ...read more.

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