Even when we get hurt by the people we truly love, we can’t let go of them. We keep loving them because we know one day the pain will subside and we can move forward with life. Once we move past it and realise the truth behind the feelings, we decide we could do anything for them, even lie. Elizabeth Proctor in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible women who was hurt by the man she loved do to one fatal mistake he made with Abigail Williams. Elizabeth fought through the thoughts for their love when it was hard to forget and all the trials going on around them. When Elizabeth was first introduced into the play, there was a certain type of tension in the air between her and her husband, John Proctor. He had come in for a long day of working on the farms when they got to talking about the court trials for witches and Elizabeth had wanted John to confess to the court about his sin of adultery with Abigail. John does not want to confess though …show more content…
She talks to him and tells him of things that have been happening. The, out of nowhere, she says to him, “John, it come to naught that I should forgive you, if you’ll not forgive yourself” (Miller 1227). She is saying I shouldn’t forgive you if you cannot forgive yourself. She continues on though saying, “I have sins of my own count” (Miller 1227). She forgave him and she was telling him he should forgive himself before he comes to his death. By the end, she found the love they once had in herself and forgave him and wanted him to save himself. Being hurt by people is something no one enjoys, but it’s how you move past it and who you become that counts. Elizabeth always knew John loved her, she was just hurt and trapped in the thought of what had happened. She realised in the three months though that John was in prison and she was pregnant that she has sinned too and should forgive
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Do as you wish, then.” (Miller 51) “I'll not have your suspicion anymore.” (Miller 51) “The reader quickly infers that John Proctor had the affair because Elizabeth is cold, emotionless and a detached woman. Elizabeth is naïve about the situation and wants to still believe she is living a perfect life.”
The affair and John’s inability to forgive himself leaves his relationship with Elizabeth strained throughout the majority of the story. The text alludes to this by reminding the reader of how “cold” the Proctor household is starting to become as John and Elizabeth exchange dialogue. He is mad at his wife because she cannot forgive him, he resents her for this and hypocritically he can’t even forgive himself. In the book, John Proctor is seen as a strong, logical man who isn’t afraid of hard work.
He did not want to tell his wife at first, because he did not want Elizabeth Proctor to think that he did not love her anymore, but she ends up finding out, peeling a layer off of Proctor. At the end of the play though, he is forced to decide what he is really made of. At that point, he decides that he cares most about the truth and is willing to die for it. On the other side, Elizabeth is also forced to chose between having a husband that supports her and doing what is best for John. She ends up deciding based on what she thinks is best for John.
John knows he has wronged her and that she has done nothing to deserve being wronged the way John has done to her. John spends as much time as he can in his final moments trying to win her love back. John has been accused of being behind the whole uprising of witches. John is sentenced to death as is his wife for being a witch too. It their final moments the love each other, John literally sacrificed everything for his wife, and now he is going to die, but they forgive, and love each other, so in a way he did get her
Throughout the play, Elizabeth seems to be struggling to forgive her husband and let go of her anger. But towards the end, she learns to forgive Proctor for his mistakes. At the beginning of the play Elizabeth is unforgiving of Proctors mistakes. “You’ll tear it free--when you come to know that I will be your only wife or no wife at all! She has an arrow in you yet, John Proctor, and you know it well!”
This proves that even after the hard and troubling times she still cares for her family more than herself. During her husband’s trial, she denies the fact the John committed adultery. She did this out of the sense of protecting him from being killed. After the death of John, she was in endless pain because she just lost the one she had come to love over and over again. These are few of the many actions portrayed by Elizabeth that validates the fondness she possesses for her
Elizabeth has never lied in her life but She does in order to protect his good name showing an act of forgiveness and compassion. In Act IV Elizabeth then does everything in her power to have him “forgive” her. In the end of Act IV she then questions him if he will confess and whichever he decides she will not judge him for she “…cannot judge...John” (1114) and then she tells him that she will not forgive him until he forgives himself for he longer thinks himself a good man and cannot forgive himself for all the trouble he put his wife and a the village through. “John it come naught that I should forgive you, if you’ll not forgive yourself. It is not my soul, john, it is yours.
In the Crucible, many of the characters go through changes because of the intensity of the situation. But there is only one character that I think changed the most, and that is John Proctor who is the protagonist of the novel The Crucible by Arthur Miller. I think that John Procotor changes the most in the Crucible because he is in every act and mostly in every scene, and throughtout the play I see more drama (Dynamic Character) in him than any other character in the Crucible and I will go through and tell you how John Proctor changes in the Crucible. In the beginning of the play (Acts 1 and 2), we focus on John Proctor and we know that he is a good puritan citizen, a hard-working farmer and who is a husband and father.
John Proctor’s words towards Elizabeth signal irritation and annoyance. John Proctor, the main character of The Crucible, has an affair with a much younger girl, Abigail Williams, breaking his wife, Elizabeth’s trust in him. Her suspicion of him rises when he tells her he was in a room alone with Abigail. Elizabeth’s growing mistrust begins to aggravate John, which is revealed when he says, “I’ll not have your suspicion any more” (489). Elizabeth is doubtful after learning about John’s affair with Abigail and her lack of trust in her husband begins to anger him.
The Deep Roots of Sexism: Preconceived Sin and Weakness In the Christian bible, when the first woman commits the first sin she creates an enduring image of her gender; she is drawn away from god and purity, to evil and sin. The book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller both deal with not only sin in Puritan times, but the ignominy stemming from women’s wrongdoings. The Scarlet Letter follows Hester Prynne, a woman who, after committing adultery is forced to wear a scarlet A to punish her for her sins. The Crucible is about the Witch Trials in Salem, which are brought on by the beautiful, manipulative and jealous Abigail.
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
“He have his goodness now. God forbid i take it from him!” (63), schrieks Elizabeth Proctor as she watches her husband get executed right in front of her. Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, tells a story about the Puritan civilization taking place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, becoming corrupted by the lies of witchcraft. Some in the town believe this witch hunt is made-up, not believing in the accusations handed to them.
This shows that John is a merciful being and desires forgiveness from his wife and God, therefore demonstrating traits of a good man. Furthermore, John has a heated argument with his wife, due to his encounter with Abigail, alone. Although, he thinks his wife will doubt him, she states on the contrary, “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” (55).
Elizabeth is known for her truthfulness and whenever she lies straight to the face of two judges it sort of causes chaos. While John Proctor is trying to overthrow the court, he admits to his affair with Abigail. The court does not believe John and so he tells the court to have Elizabeth tell them what actually has been happening since she never lies. What throws the whole court off is that whenever they ask her about the incident, she lies. Elizabeth tells them that Proctor never had an affair.
She is faced with helping her husband make the biggest and most final choice in his life so far. Since they have been apart for a while, separated by prison, it would be incredibly easy for her to say that he should live and give up his good name just so she can still have her husband and her kids have their father. It would be incredibly difficult for her to see John for a few minutes after a long time apart and say he can sacrifice himself for the greater good. However, she sees the situation as that: him sacrificing himself for the greater good. She is also strong enough to admit part of the blame is her own, that she has a hand in the guilt he feels about their relationship.