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The Crucible Reflection

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The Crucible
The Crucible is a 1952 play by the American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatization of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692 and 1693. Miller wrote the play as an allegory to McCarthyism, when the US government blacklisted accused communists. In the crucible, one of the characters Elizabeth Proctor is a moral Christian woman who is true to her husband, John Proctor. Elizabeth Proctor changes throughout the play from emotionless, to concerned, and finally to loving and thankful for what she has.
In the beginning of The Crucible Elizabeth is distant and cold to John, her husband. In Act 2 Elizabeth and John Proctor are talking to each other and John “says with a grin ‘I mean to please you, Elizabeth.’ she, in turn, says ‘I know it, John.’ John then gets up, goes to her; kisses her. She receives it. With a certain disappointment, he returns to the table.” This shows she isn't open to her emotions to John. Also in act 2 “ There is a pause. She is watching him from the table as he stands there is absorbing the night. It is as though she would speak but cannot. Instead, now, she takes up his plate and glass and fork and goes with them to the basin. Her back is turned to him. He turns to her and watches her. A sense of their separation rises.” It is very obvious how separate they are, even John notices the awkwardness in the air. Elizabeth “with a smile, to keep her dignity says ‘ John, if it were not Abigail
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