Character Analysis of Elizabeth Proctor from The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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Character Analysis of Elizabeth Proctor from The Crucible by Arthur Miller

In the late sixteen hundreds, the fear of witchcraft was a major concern amongst
New Englanders. Arthur Miller’s book, The Crucible, tells the story of a town’s obsession with accusing innocent people of witchcraft. All the accusers were young females who claimed they were attacked by demonic specters. Members of the community supposedly sent out these evil spirits, but in reality, the girls were doing it as sport. One such person accused was Elizabeth Proctor, wife of John Proctor, known throughout the community to be a noble woman. Throughout the book Elizabeth proves to be a moral, cold, and determined. Elizabeth’s moral
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She even said, “it needs a cold wife to prompt lechery”, (Miller 137). around the end of the play. One reason she distrusts John, is that he has claimed he was not alone with her. He later says that he was, in fact, alone with her for a short while. It takes a person of strength to be able to take that lie he gave and still control herself in the manner a wife should do. It was her inner strength that showed her that “it were a cold house she kept”(Miller 136). and needed to fix that problem. Another strong character trait of Elizabeth was her determination in what she believed. She was a Christian woman who was tied to her beliefs. She stated this about witchcraft to Hale “I cannot think the Devil may own a woman’s soul, Mr. Hale, when she keeps an upright way, as I have. I am a good woman, I know it; and if you believe I may do only good work in the world, and yet be secretly bound to Satan, then I must tell you, sir, I do not believe it” (Miller70). Even after John’s lechery, she believed that he was a good man and was truly sorry for what he had done. After about 6 months of jail time she still stayed as determined as she was before. Hale tried to convince her that John could lie his way in a confession by saying, “…Let him give his lie. Quail not before
God’s judgment in this, for it may well be God damns a liar less than he that throws
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