The Crucible Women

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Influence does not equal social or political position, in fact, some of the most common people are the most influential. Rather than being determined by external factors, such as rank, influence is determined by intrinsic characteristics. Elizabeth Proctor in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a clear example of this, since Miller sets her as a common, powerless wife in a hostile town full of people with rank and power, but her character sets her apart from this setting. From a superficial point of view, she might appear as another example of powerless women in Puritan society, and it seems that her purpose is to pass through the play surreptitiously. However, she has a much greater purpose than this. The way that women are portrayed in Miller’s play gives the reader no reason to believe that Elizabeth Proctor would deviate…show more content…
He first uses the accusations made towards Tituba to show that women have no saying in Salem. “No, no, don’t hand Tituba! I tell him I don’t desire to work for him, sir” (Miller 161). Tituba’s word had no weight beside the Reverend’s, which sets up the stage for the accusation made towards Elizabeth. “And he goes to save her, and, stuck two inches in the flesh of her belly, he drew a needle out. And demandin’ of her how she come to be so stabbed, she testify it were your wife’s familiar spirit pushed it in” (Miller 176). Elizabeth is viewed as a vulnerable and powerless person, since she is a woman, and from this point on the reader might classify her as a secondary character whose only purpose is to show the weakness of women in Puritan times and to give a greater emphasis to her husband, John Proctor. To conclude, the nonexistent opportunity of women to defend themselves demonstrates their vulnerability and powerlessness in Puritan society, which ideally sets up Elizabeth to follow that
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