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In The Beginning of Act 2 How Does Arthur Miller Show the Audience the strain In the Relationship between John & Elizabeth Proctor? As a Member of the Audience Where Does Your Sympathy Lie?

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In The Beginning of Act 2 How Does Arthur Miller Show the Audience the strain In the Relationship between John & Elizabeth Proctor? As a Member of the Audience Where Does Your Sympathy Lie? In act 1 Abigail Williams and the other girls accuse several people of witchcraft. They are lying to get out of trouble. However, the judges believe them and condemn several people to hang. Abigail is the leader of the group; but not from friendship but from fear. She and John have had an affair in the past, which only Elizabeth knows about. When Elizabeth first comes into the room, she immediately wants to know where John has been: 'What keeps you so late?' Elizabeth is afraid that John was with Abigail. This means that Elizabeth cannot let the affair go. Not only does she want to know where he is at all times, but she is showing coldness to John: 'John kiss kisses her. She receives it. With a certain disappointment...' She doesn't push him away but nor does she respond. She could be thinking many things about john; maybe he is comparing me to Abigail. John realises this and lets the audience know that he doesn't appreciate it: 'It's winter in here yet' Miller is using this phase as a metaphor to explain that Elizabeth does not show much affection towards John especially later in this scene. ...read more.


If he is accused he has the possibility of a death sentence. John by mistake mentions that he was alone in a room with Abigail: 'She told me in a room alone - I have no proof of it' John makes the mistake of telling Elizabeth that he was in a room alone with Abigail. This sparks a fury in Elizabeth making her suspect that John is still with Abigail more than ever before. John snaps at her for it: 'Woman. I'll not have your suspicion any more.' John doesn't appreciate being a suspect all the time and he snaps at Elizabeth for being treated how he is and especially after what he has put back into the marriage. However he is angry with himself for letting his tongue slip, he takes his anger out on Elizabeth. John knows he has done wrong; however he hates being judged by Elizabeth '(with a solemn warning): You will not judge me more, Elizabeth... let you look to your own improvement' Once again John has become angry with Elizabeth because Elizabeth is constantly saying that John is in the wrong; however John believes that she has her own faults to amend first. ...read more.


Elizabeth's fear is reasonable because from her position it seems to be fairly clear that Abigail wishes to kill her. The argument continues: 'It speaks deceit and I am honest! ... I see now that your spirit twists around the single mistake of my life, and I will never tear it free!' John feels that Elizabeth is being to harsh on him, because she will always remember and hold a grudge. This is the climax of the argument because Elizabeth has accused him of lying making John very angry and, using powerful language. At the climax of the argument; John gets more of my sympathies because Elizabeth seems to be very provocative and unforgiving During the scene John has the most sympathy because we have seen his character earlier during the play; also Elizabeth seems to be very provocative and unforgiving. However it is complicated and I believe that Elizabeth has a fair amount of sympathy because she was wronged in the first place. I think Miller has written it in a way so that people can make their own mind up about where sympathies lie. This play is a comparable for McCarthyism because within the McCarthyism phase you could get arrested if others thought you to have communist sympathies. This relates to the witch trials because little evidence could be provided. Calum Rankine 1 ...read more.

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