The Crucible by Arthur Miller

The Crucible by Arthur Miller During the course of the play “The Crucible”, written by Arthur Miller, the relationship between John + Elizabeth Proctor sees many changes. For example – at the beginning of the play, Elizabeth is very suspicious of John. By the end of the play, she is a lot more open with him, and they are able to communicate more easily. We hear about Elizabeth first of all through Abigail Williams. She has had an affair with John, who is a farmer in his mid-thirties in Salem, Massachusetts. Abigail accuses his wife of being a witch. Abigail first describes Elizabeth to her uncle, the Rev. Parris, as a “gossiping liar” and a “bitter…lying, cold, snivelling woman” which makes it plain to us that she does not care much for Elizabeth. The whole play revolves around the witch trials, and the effect it had on John and Elizabeth. The character’s development is mainly based upon the fact that they have to stick together through the witch trials and protect each other. As their marriage is going through a bad patch, this helps them to regain the trust, love and respect for one another that they had before. Abigail says to John that she waits for him – John says that he made no promises to her, as if he doesn’t want anything more to do with her. She snaps back that he can’t claim that he has no feelings for her, because she has seen him looking up to her window, “burning in loneliness”. He grudgingly concedes that he still thinks of her softly sometimes, but is adamant that their affair is done with. In Act Two, we see John at the very beginning adding some more seasoning to the stew. He then lies to Elizabeth, telling her “It’s beautifully seasoned.” This causes Elizabeth to blush “with pleasure”. Here we get the feeling that something is wrong with their marriage, as he lied to her, albeit to please her. John and Elizabeth are very cool towards one another – all they are saying is small talk, to fill
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