Women In The Crucible

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller presents women as unimportant, and without a voice in society. Millers’ writing backs up the typical stereotypes about women in the 1950s, in which women were considered “property,” and had absolutely no rights. They were expected to complete multiple tasks in the house, such as cooking, cleaning, and sewing. They were also expected to be a loyal mother and wife adhering to the husband’s every demand. The main focus of the play The Crucible is the era of the Salem Witch Trials. In 1692, Salem, Massachusetts went on a massive witch-hunt. People were accusing others of witchcraft, and because of this innocent people were killed. If a person confessed to witchcraft, they would be put in jail, but if one denied it they were hanged. The whole epidemic started when Reverend Parris found the girls dancing in the woods. After the girls were caught, Betty Parris falls mysteriously ill, and there is no…show more content…
She represents every aspect of the stereotypes in the 1950s. From devoted wife to homemaker, she tries to do everything in her power to keep her and John’s names clean, and their family together. She is very understanding and forgiving, allowing John to realize she does not judge his wrong doings. “I do not judge you. The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you. I never thought you but a good man, John, only somewhat bewildered.” (Act 2) Elizabeth, in fear for John’s life, tells him that the only person who can judge him is himself. “Do what you will. But let none be your judge. There be no higher judge under Heaven than Proctor is! Forgive me, forgive me, John—I never knew such goodness in the world!” (Act 3). Elizabeth, throughout the whole play, wanted John to be safe and out of trouble. To keep him from the line of fire she lied to the court about his affair with Abigail. Little did she know her lie condemned him to hanging because he was now seen as a

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