John Proctor and Abigail Williams’ affair led to many things. One of the main consequences of their affair was the arrest of Elizabeth, John Proctor’s wife. Abigail has hated Elizabeth for as long as she’s known her, because she wants John all to herself. She loves John and feels as if Elizabeth is the reason as to why she’s not with John. Of course Elizabeth is not the only reason, because John realizes that the affair with Abigail was wrong of him to do. He wishes he had never done it because it has led to the arrest of his wife and he now realizes what a manipulative girl Abigail is. Abigail believes that if Elizabeth is hanged for accusation of witchcraft, then she will have John to herself. In a sense, Abigail is mainly just trying to
This quote reveals, Elizabeth’s genuine understanding and faithfulness in her husband. She believes that John carries the burden of his own guilt, which is a lucid indication that he has a sense of morality. John feels this guilt, as he recognizes and takes responsibility for the sin he commits, against his wife. Additionally, due to John’s guilty conscience, he also realizes the value and tenderness that his wife brings him. He accepts his misdoings, and never utters a blame against his wife, for his actions.
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!”
John confesses to adultery in court to try to save Elizabeth when she is accused of witchcraft. By doing this, he is confessing to a serious sin. In this society, the church and government are one. This means that he could face a death sentence. He also confesses prove Abigail’s motive to kill Elizabeth and to expose her and save others from being accused by her.
Elizabeth loves John dearly but not as much as in the past before John had his affair with their ex-servant Abigail. Elizabeth has many issues with John but the main one that stands out in the story is trust. Elizabeth also is very loving to her husband and the church. She shows her mistrust with John when he comes home late “(she doesn’t want friction, and yet she must) you come so late I thought you’d gone to Salem this afternoon” (Miller 54) she is indicating that she thought he had gone to see Abigail in Salem.
When John is in a secluded place, Abigail approaches him. Abigail begs to continue the affair they once had, but John declines. Abigail used to work for John’s family, and that's how the affair had begun. John realized his mistake, and could never go back to her. Even when she forced a kiss upon him, he physically pushed her away and left.
During the beginning of the play he fails to realize how much he hurt Elizabeth when he committed adultery. John was criticized and treated with a very much deserved cold reception from his wife. But John lacks empathy as he asks her to look sometimes for the goodness in [him], and judge [him] not” (Miller 55). He’s asking her to look past his affair as if this would be an easy task for his committed wife. But however John is able to redeem himself, and change himself for the better.
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
Elizabeth's husband John Proctor cheated on her with Abigail, who by the way accused Elizabeth's
I actually would not be an easily forgiven person, it takes me time to actually get over things that disappoint me. To see how Elizabeth is really making an effort to save their marriage tells how good of a person she is. With this in mind, she lied for her husband in court, “My husband-- is a goodly man, sir. ”(pg.223). Not wanting to speak about her husband cheating on her was a big decision because she did not want his name to be
(We later discover that this tension is because of his affair with Abigail while Elizabeth was sick at home. We also find out that this is the sole reason of Abigail getting fired by Elizabeth.) Additionally, we can see that John makes many efforts to please Elizabeth with his kindness. For example, as the act starts, he grabs some food from the fireplace and takes a sip. He immediately adds salt to it, but as she turns around, tells her it’s “wonderfully seasoned”.
Knowing she is breaking his trust, she still intends to keep intact John’s expectations of her as the obedient wife. “There comes John, and I must put this away, -- he hates to have me write a word” (Gilman 4). Later she implies that her husband hates to have her write a word. Perhaps John was not comfortable with his wife working because women are not meant to work. This then develops an outward profile of marriage that serves John’s logical perceptions of her as a wife and what she should be.
Both John and Elizabeth are controlled by their gender roles. Their relationship is ruled by these things. Through a thorough analysis of John and Elizabeth’s marriage in The Crucible it is clear how gender roles how impacted and ruled their relationship. John and Elizabeth’s marriage has many problems all stemming from one underlying cause, the gender roles of the Puritan time. They are not open with each other, do not trust each other and are trapped in their toxic marriage.
John has everything that a person could ever wish for: a job, loving family and friends, but he still abandons it all. When John confesses to his wife about the affair, she fires Abigail. Several months later, when Abby approaches him about it, he tells her that what they had is