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The Crucible

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The Crucible Explore/analyse the marriage of John and Elizabeth Proctor A large section of the play is focused on the marriage of John and Elizabeth Proctor. John Proctor shows many strengths and weaknesses throughout The Crucible. He is honest, upright and blunt-spoken. His manliness acts a great strength, but also as a weakness, for this is what led him to his affair with Abigail. The guilt he feels over this contributes to his imprisonment and death as it prevents him from speaking out soon enough. Proctor is honest and regrets what he has done wrong. "God help me, I lusted and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore's vengeance and you must see it, I set myself entirely in your hand." This shows he accepts his mistakes and regrets them, but he knows he must confess in court. He is a very proud man and cares about his reputation a lot. ...read more.


She is paranoid. "What keeps you so long?" shows she is always thinking and expecting the worst. In this case she thinks John has been with Abigail. This could also show she is pessimistic. Elizabeth is demanding, in charge and domineering. This is shown in her marriage to John. John has to answer to Elizabeth and she has to know where he is all the time. She is confident in her own morality and is able to maintain a sense of virtue. Elizabeth is thought of as a woman of unimpeachable honesty, but it is this reputation that causes her husband to be condemned when thinking it will save him, lies about his affair with Abigail. The crucible can be seen as a classic tragedy. John plays the honest and kind hero. He has one secret though, his lust for Abigail Williams. This affair leads to Abigail's jealousy towards John's wife Elizabeth. ...read more.


As much as his reputation is important, to do what is right, towards the end he is more concerned about his personal integrity and Elizabeth. He is forced to tell the court he committed adultery, they then accused him of witch craft and execute him. If he had admitted to adultery sooner he may have saved his life. Arthur Miller may have chosen to place a relationship like this is in the centre of the play because it is very gripping and will keep the audience entertained, until the very end of the play, when the relationship is ended. It is also very realistic, if it had been a happily married couple, everybody was content and there were no arguments it would have not been very realistic, and not very enjoyable for the audience. Overall the marriage of John and Elizabeth Proctor is very tense and under a lot of stress, from the beginning of the play both people have very strong characters and make the play interesting for the audience. Grace Cooper 10H ...read more.

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