Characters of the Crucible

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The Crucible

In the playwright, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, many of the main characters change immensely over the course of the book. One of these characters included Elizabeth Proctor. At the beginning of the play, she is a cold hearted woman, who towards the end becomes a loving wife. John Proctor, Elizabeth's husband, also changes significantly. At first, he minds his own business; later on, he becomes very involved with what goes on in the Salem witch trials. Reverend John Hale, from Andover, has the most drastic change occur to him. He came into Salem seeking witches; he came out fighting for them. It is apparent that the characters change radically from the beginning of the play to the end.

First of all, Elizabeth Proctor undergoes a substantial change. In the beginning, Elizabeth was a cold hearted woman; she never forgives her husband John for having an affair with Abigail Williams. She was always uneasy with the thought of John being alone with her again. Every time John did something to make her happy, it didn't do anything. She simply sits around, motionless, and annoys her husband with the stare of discontent she gives him. "He gets up, goes to her, kisses her. She receives it. With a certain disappointment, he returns to the table." (Act II, Page 53) An unforgiving nature has been embedded within Elizabeth. Towards the end of the novel, Elizabeth spent three months in jail. There, she did a lot of thinking and finally realizes how bad she has treated her husband. She apologizes and states it was her fault this whole time. "John, I counted my self so plain, so poorly made, no honest love could come to me! Suspicion kissed you when I did; I never knew how I should say my love. It were a cold house I kept!" (Act IV. Page 144). "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 IV. Page 144). These two quotes sum her...
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