The basic hysteria that swept through the witch hunt was also kept that looked as it could have been due to frontier war, economic conditions, personal jealousies and even teenage boredom that lead to mad accusations, trials and executions. These people were primitive in medicine and accused the devil of all illnesses or anything else that was an inconvenience. They were also puritans and older generations may have been bitter from having to move from other counties due to there rigid beliefs. All this happened between the spring and summer of 1692 in Salem, America due to congregational strife with plain back stabbing which caused life in fear.
Miller portrayed John Proctors character as kind with strong opinions and principles. He also looked hard working and although he was deeply religious he chose not to go to church regularly because he thought the "Minister was not suitable". John was definitely passionate in anything he believed in regardless of what others said or thought.
Miller portrayed that Elizabeth Proctor's character was cold, plain and was bored of life and that her entire life was a duty. I think she was also worried of what other people thought of her and her household life and even thought her husband was too good for her as she viewed herself as plain.
I think Miller portrayed John and Elizabeth's status in the village as well respected as they were hard working puritans and was what everyone else viewed them as however they were regarded with suspicion from some people as they were known to be different as John's view of the Minister was strong.
Miller showed how John and Elizabeth's marriage strain was due to Elizabeth's suspicion of adultery with Abigail Williams so there was a great lack of trust and also the way that Elizabeth was ill and bed stricken for a period of time so was unable to look after the home and children so suspicion rose even more as she had no idea of what her husband was doing behind her back.
The background of John and Elizabeth's relationship was that they were married, had two children and a home with a farm to look after. Elizabeth lacked confidence in her relationship and viewed herself as plain and boring which led her to believe John's adultery even more with the thought that he would go with a more attractive women, that gives the reason for why she cleared Abigail out of her home.
Miller portrays that John and Elizabeth's thoughts of each other were suspicious and unaffectionate however I think that they both wanted to change these thoughts around into there opposites.
I think that John and Elizabeth are trying to save their marriage by staying together and by the way John stopped committing adultery and is ridden with guilt. I also think they would like to add more effort in their relationship to save it but both don't know what to do or how to express their feelings but are trying to be as nice as possible to each other however it doesn't always last.
Miller also portrays the tension felt between the couple in act two by showing that Elizabeth's physical actions and reactions are not emotional towards John in any way. This shows how Elizabeth...