How Miller Presents the Relationship of John and Elizabeth Proctor in ‘The Crucible’

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In the Crucible by Arthur Miller, the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor is not very clear as they both have a very tempestuous relationship in the first act with each other during the play. Therefore it is very difficult to assess what relationship that they had with each other before. Miller wrote the play to compare what was happening in the 1950’s at that time with what had occurred in the Salem witch hunts. Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ was written so that people at the time could relate what had happened in Salem with the McCarthyism happening at that time. The McCarthyism era was when the Un-American Activities Committee was at power and punished civilians who were accused as communists. The events that happened at…show more content…
This quote shows us that John understands the fact that his affair is changing the mind of Elizabeth. John thinks that every time he enters his house, he thinks of it as going to a court because Elizabeth asks so many questions about his affair and so she doesn’t trust or believe John anymore and distinguishes him as a sinner. John has realised that Elizabeth had lost all faith in him and wanted to know more after she found out that Abigail and Proctor were conversing in a room alone. (Page 44 – Act 2) Proctor: .....She told it to me in a room alone -- I have no proof for it. Elizabeth: You were alone with her? Proctor: For a moment alone, aye. Elizabeth: Why, then, it is not as you told me. Proctor: For a moment, I say. The others come in soon after. Elizabeth: Do as you wish. Proctor: Woman. She turns to him. I'll not have your suspicions. Elizabeth: I have no – Proctor: I'll not have it! Nevertheless John tries to reform the relationship as he does not want or plead for Abigail anymore. Abigail says that it was an animalistic way to have sex and questions Proctor why he doesn’t go after her anymore. “I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I come near! Or did I dream that? It’s she put me out, you cannot pretend it were you. I saw your face when she put me out, and you loved me then and you do now!” (Page 18 - Act 1)

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