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How does Arthur Miller Present to an Audience the Changing Relationship Between John and Elizabeth Procter?

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How does Arthur Miller Present to an Audience the Changing Relationship Between John and Elizabeth Procter? The Crucible is based on the 'Salem Witch Trials' in 1692. In act 1 the audience find out that John Procter had an affair with Abigail Williams, who was dancing in the woods, and that she still has feelings for him. When John denies their love Abigail starts accusing people of witchcraft. Act 2 is when we meet Elizabeth Procter who gets arrested on suspicion of witchcraft. In act 3 John goes to court trying to free his wife and the others but without much luck as he gets accused of mixing with the devil. He is then arrested. In act 4 John is willing to take the blame so that he and the others will stay alive. In the end John, Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey all hang because John thought it was the right thing to do as other people, who were also innocent, had hung before them. Arthur Miller found that what happened in Salem in 1692 was repeated in McCarthyism in 1956. The signing of names away and the petitions was very much alike in both situations. ...read more.


Mary then hands Elizabeth a rag doll as if to apologise for doing wrong. Mary then tells John and Elizabeth that Abigail has been accusing people of witchcraft and what was 14 is now 39 people arrested. She then goes to say how Elizabeth had been accused but she had been cleared by her saying," I never see no sign you ever sent your spirit out to hurt no one." Arthur Miller phrased this quote like this because it only says she didn't send out her spirit to hurt any one not she didn't send out her spirit at all which dose not put her completely in the clear. Elizabeth asked who accused her but Mary tells her that she is bound by law and cannot say. Secretly Elizabeth knows that Abigail is her accuser, which could show that she might still suspect that something is still going on between her and John. Elizabeth is now afraid, "Oh the noose, the noose is up." She thinks that she is going to die which is why she used the word 'noose'. John reassures her, "They dismissed. You heard her say-" As John and Elizabeth are discussing what to do, there is a knock at the door and Mr Hale enters. ...read more.


She replies, "Oh God." Elizabeth owns that by lying to the court John is even more trouble. After this Mary starts getting scared saying that John comes into her at night. When John hears this there must be something inside him that just clicks because he says something that he really shouldn't. "I say God is dead!" Just by saying these five words is as good as confessing to being in contact with the devil. John is then arrested. In act 4, just before John is about to hang, he and Elizabeth speak alone. There are a lot of short sentences and then John asks about his baby. Hathorn interrupts asking weather John wants to confess to witchcraft and stay alive or weather he wants to hang with the others. John decides to confess. Elizabeth is happy with whatever decision John decides to make as long as he lives-"I want you living John, that's for sure." As John has to 'sign away his name' and leave it above the church door, he gets annoyed and rips up the confession. They take John away to hang but before they go John speaks to Elizabeth, "Give them no tears! Tears pleasure them." It's as if he was telling her that everything would be o.k. Paul Foulkes ...read more.

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