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Explore how Millers Depiction of the relatioship between John and elizabeth mirrors the wider events

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In Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, John and Elizabeth Proctor are introduced as a young, married couple whose relationship had a tense undercurrent. Their actions and reactions towards one another prove that they are at odds with each other. John and Elizabeth seem to be trying to smooth out the bumps in their relationship, but they only seem to succeed in driving themselves further apart. Now at a time when communication is crucial, John and Elizabeth learn the mistake they made is not getting to know each other better. In this essay, I shall compare the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor with the events happening in the community of Salem. I will use quotations and go through stage directions in the first two acts of the play. Act 1 doesn't show the relationship between John and Elizabeth in greater detail than that of Act 2. ...read more.


As Elizabeth approaches John, she asks him a question: 'What keeps you so late? It's almost dark' From this quotation you can feel a sense of suspicion creeping on Elizabeth as she still feels the affair between John and Abigail is still occurring, even though it had ended a long time before. Once John tastes the cooking in the pot, he says 'It's well seasoned' After saying this he doesn't tell Elizabeth that he added an extra pinch of salt to improve the taste. This may be because John didn't want Elizabeth to feel bad and didn't want Elizabeth to see John disliking the cooking. Also he didn't want Elizabeth to seem as if she isn't a good enough wife. Later on in the conversation John says 'I think you're sad again. Are you?' Elizabeth: (She doesn't want friction, and yet she must).... ...read more.


It's almost dark." And "Aye, the farm is seeded. The boys asleep? Use lots of questions adding suspicion mainly seen in Elizabeth's speech. This shows the reader there is a lack of honesty in their relationship because if they had complete honesty in the relationship there would be no need for questions. The questions might be a way of them trying to smooth the bumps out in their relationship, attempting to bring honesty back in but neither of them seem to be opening fully, shown by the short sentences. Any attempt to open up to the other person is quickly stopped by some sort of interruption "Now look you" "I see what I see John." To conclude the relationship between John and Elizabeth is similar to the events happening in the community of Salem. An example is when the people in the village are being suspicious of others doing witchcraft which is similar to Elizabeth being suspicious of John, with his affair with Abigail. ?? ?? ?? ?? Usamah Islam 11a ...read more.

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