The Crucible Character Analysis

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American playwright and theatrical figure in the twentieth-century, Arthur Miller, once said, “Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.” Though he did not include this quote in the context of his famous work, The Crucible, his wise words can also be relevant in this play. The play takes place during the era of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. In his composition, he includes the story of Mr. and Mrs. Proctor, a married couple living outside of Salem in the time period of the trials. Abigail Williams, the family’s servant, has an affair with Mr. Proctor, which becomes a greatly kept secret before prior to the events of the play. Proctor then fully experiences the consequences of betraying his wife, which include shame of betrayal and fear of…show more content…
Even though the couple has experienced struggles throughout their relationship, Elizabeth’s love for her husband prevails over her anger of him cheating. Abigail’s intentions oppose Elizabeth’s, because the connection between John and Abby is only based off of lust. Because Abigail loves the idea of John loving her, she will do everything she can to rekindle their short-lived relationship: “I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! … You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet! John, pity me, pity me!” (Miller 30). Because Abby knows that John Proctor once came to her, she continuously wishes for their affair to continue. The naïve teenager does not know how to cope with being unwanted by her lover, and succumbs to jealousy and rage. Along with her anger and envy, Abby is vulnerable and desperate for John Proctor to love her and want to be with her again. She says to him, “I am waitin’ for you every night” (Miller 28). Abby begins to feel enraged that John Proctor rejects her, and takes her anger out on Elizabeth. This leads to Abigail praying for the death of Elizabeth Proctor and seeking revenge on her for being loved by John. We learn that Abby’s jealousy consumes her, and inevitably causes her to resort to sabotaging the couple’s relationship with her lies. It is said that the key to a lasting relationship is honesty. Though John Proctor disobeyed this commandment of love

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