Marriage of John and Elizabeth in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Marriage of John and Elizabeth in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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
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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. His affair with Abigail ends, but the trail in the marriage of John and Elizabeth Proctor does not.

Elizabeth can never regain John’s trust and is very suspicious whenever he is not around, especially when he returns home late.

Abigail continues to make a pass on John, but he has realised it was a mistake and does not agree with Abigail. When he bursts out with his confession about committing adultery by calling Abigail a “whore”, Elizabeth obviously realises that she can trust him that he is no longer having
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