Stereotypes Of Women In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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Women have fought for centuries for their rights and respect, but in the end they can also be their worst enemy. In the Puritan time, women were ordinary housewives in the sense that they catered to their husbands, and took care of the home. Typical stereotypes of women carry strong though many centuries for the main reason of they all hold a bit of truth. In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, women's stereotypes are stronger than ever between the battling, troubled females including Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams. As the play progresses, these bothered women turn against each other for reasons regarding their own jealousy and insecurity, fitting into the typical female pattern.
Elizabeth Proctor was characterized as a traditional mother and wife until her husband’s affair forces her to a turning point where she can either choose the high road or to be petty; she opts for the latter, proving her as the epitome of a typical housewife. Outwardly, she appears to have forgiven him and moved on, but inside she is seething and making his life at home a hell. Her husband tries to salvage the relationship, but she is clearly not ready to accept his offering of peace. John Proctor attempts to make up for his mistake and show affection but when he tries to kiss her, she only accepts it “with a certain disappointment”, increasing his level of frustration in his thwarted attempts at peace (Miller 48). John is emotionally and physically drained, tired of playing games, and simply wants to restore his marriage. Her passive-aggressive response in dealing with his anger only exacerbates the tension. Elizabeth is a typical female in the sense that she is holding a grudge because of her insecurity about her husband’s true love for her. He is at his breaking point and forces his wife to realize she is not perfect either. John turns the argument around and suggests she “look to [her] own improvement before [she goes] to judge [her] husband any more”, forcing Elizabeth to realize the balance of power has shifted. She no longer has the upper hand in the relationship and must relinquish control if she does not want to lose him (52). Elizabeth is less forgiving toward the mistress. Although Elizabeth is the woman of the
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