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How does John and Elizabeth(TM)s relationship change throughout the events in the Crucible?

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How does John and Elizabeth's relationship change throughout the events in "the Crucible"? In 1953, Arthur Miller wrote the play "The Crucible". It surrounds the witch trials in 1662, at Salem. John and Elizabeth are the main people that the play concentrates on. With people accusing innocent people of witchcraft, so they can get their land, greed is one of the main themes, along with injustice, when the only way to save John Proctor from being hung, is for Elizabeth to admit that he committed adultery. The main character -John Proctor - is said to be an alter ego for Miller. This is because Arthur Miller was once brought before the Un-American Activities Committee, just like Proctor stands trial for witchcraft. Proctor is described as "a farmer in his middle thirties" who is "respected and even feared in Salem". When we first meet him in the play, he has already had an affair with Abigail and because of this, he is said to "regard himself as a kind of fraud". ...read more.


John spends the whole scene doing things that he hopes will please Elizabeth. This is shown when John first enters the kitchen; he adds salt, to the meal Elizabeth has cooked for him, without her knowing, then later on he compliments Elizabeth saying that she has seasoned the food well. "I mean to please you, Elizabeth." However, later on in act 2, he shows even more his dedication to Elizabeth. After Elizabeth has been arrested, he uses very aggressive language towards Mary "I will bring your guts into you mouth but the goodness will not die for me!" He doesn't want Elizabeth to die because of him committing adultery, so he forces Mary to accuse Abigail, meaning that his good name could be ruined. Later on in the play, in act 3, you see a different side to Elizabeth and John's relationship. Elizabeth is asked a difficult question that her life depends on and she keeps on looking at John for help. "ELIZABETH tries to glance at proctor) ...read more.


She receives it. With a certain disappointment, he returns to the table." Their relationship is mirrored by what happens in the plot and the themes of the play. Through out the play John and Elizabeth's relationship is tested, just as there are trials going on testing people for witchcraft. The whole witch trials are started off because of greed where the people of Salem are trying to get each other's land. Greed is also the reason Elizabeth and John's relationship goes through a rough patch, because John was greedy and wanted Abigail as well as his wife. John and Elizabeth's marriage is not what would be called a good one in the times "the crucible" is set. However, nowadays a large portion of marriages or relationships are tested because one or both of the people have cheated. In the seventeenth century, especially puritan life, the commandments and God where very important meaning that there were less people that did wrong things. ...read more.

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