John struggles to do what he knows is right, which is to reveal his affair to the court. This information could expose Abigail as a liar and show that she is falsely accusing Elizabeth strictly because of her jealousy. “Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time...”(Miller I.450-453). This quote shows that even though John does understand that the affair he had with Abigail was wrong, he still thinks of her. John still has
Likewise, when Elizabeth is brought before Danforth to verify Proctor’s confession, she lies to protect her husband, whom she refers to as a “goodly man,” from suspicion (Miller, 113). The affair may have caused Elizabeth to doubt Proctor but both parties still care deeply for each other and try to protect each other from harm. Even in his last moments, Proctor’s last words- “Show honor now, show a stony heart and sink them with it!”- were directed toward Elizabeth and were full of love and care (Miller, 144). Proctor may have sinned but his regret over his affair with Abigail and the trouble he had brought upon his wife justifies his
Elizabeth tries to explain to him that she isn't the one to judge him because she feels just as guilty as John does. She feels like she had a part to play in with the affair. As a result of Elizabeth saying that, John doesn't take it. He gets upset with her and says that she is was never in the wrong, but he was. Elizabeth towards the end of Act IV constantly reinsured him that whatever decisions he makes, she knows that a good man is behind
When Proctor wants to prove how bad of a person Williams is, is when he decides to tell the truth about his affair to the court. When Proctor confesses, the judge, Danforth questions Elizabeth Proctor, she denies it. All she wanted to do was to save her husband's reputation but indeed she just made the situation worse. With Hale being present to, he realises her motive for lying only to protect her husband, but Danforth’s suspicions only rise. Given this state, Williams only appears stronger in the story line and convinces Danforth that she and the others girls are being attacked by Mary Warren's spirit, while Proctor ends up in
This shows how the character’s love for certain other characters, and their ambition to pursue said love, can lead to the destruction of previous relationships and lead them to make dangerous decisions. Another example of the characters making illogical decisions because of their ambition is in the beginning of the play when Egeus takes Hermia, Lysander, and Demetrius to Theseus and asks him to force his daughter to marry Demetrius lest she becomes a nun or faces death. While Egeus uses the possible death sentence as simply a threat and does not mean to actually execute his daughter, his ambition does blind him from seeing his daughter’s feelings and
It becomes apparent in the very first Act that Abigail is not a trustworthy character. She is willing to throw blame at anyone to deflect the suspicion from herself, or even to gain something she wants. I suppose in some ways Abigail could be seen as a tragic character, but her manipulative nature sure makes it difficult to sympathize with her. She is willing to hang an innocent woman in her delusion that this will somehow result in John Proctor realizing his love for her. He has made it clear multiple times he has moved on and wishes to not see her but - of course - Abigail only persists.
Jem gets in trouble by Mrs. Dubose and is forced to read to her as a consequence; Scout understands her brother’s begrudging behaviour and tries to help by withstanding the punishment with him even though she’s afraid of the old lady, “You don’t have to go with Jem, you know” (Lee 143). Scout understands why Jem was angered by Mrs. Dubose after she insulted their father since she was upset as well and decided to join her brother through his retribution. During the trial, Scout comes to realize how lonely and sad Mayella must be since she has no friends and has not future because of her father’s ways, “...it came to me that Mayella Ewell must have been the loneliest person in the world.” (256). After thinking about how isolated Mayella must be despite having a sizeable family, Scout compares the alcoholic’s daughter to the utmost introverted neighbour, Boo Radley. After an unsafe circumstance, Scout leads Boo to his house after he saving her and her brother; she stands on his porch and recounts the past 3 years from his perspective, “It was summertime, and two children scampered down the sidewalk toward a man approaching in the distance.” (374).
John Proctor’s affair with Abigail Williams, causes his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, to lose faith in him. As Elizabeth’s suspicion increases, so does his irritation. John’s annoyance and Elizabeth’s evident grudge is displayed through their language and tone with one another. In addition, their actions suggest their relationship lacks components needed for a healthy relationship–communication, trust, respect, etc. Being in an unhealthy relationship may not be obvious to those who are in it, but through one’s words and actions to the other, others can tell right
Furthermore, Feminist Criticism provides a better view of literature because it shows that women can be powerful. When Emilia finds out that her husband has been plotting an evil plan she says,” Tis proper I obey him, but not now”(Othello V.2.195). Emilia refuses to help her husband after she finds the cruel intentions he has despite the expectation of women always being submissive to their husbands. Women also have a voice and feelings, they are capable of defying their husbands commands when they know what he expects is simply wrong. In a literary article,The Role of Women in Othello: A Feminist Reading states that,” Society weighs heavily on the shoulders of women; they feel that they must support the men and defer to them, even if the actions of the men are questionable” (Literary Articles).
Elizabeth was bound to hang, until John Proctor’s guilt came into play. “My wife will never die for me…,”(p. 1311) this quote shows that he knows what is happening is because of his actions in the past. He feels guilty for what happened and knows that it is his responsibility to end the madness and save his wife. John Proctor affected his wife immensely with his guilt by confessing lechery and then acting as if he hates