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Analysis of the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor
The relationship between John Proctor and Elizabeth Proctor is definitely not an easy and a complex relationship. Through analysis of the two characters, there are many examples that show how complex it becomes between John and Elizabeth. John being the typical Puritan man of the time; meaning he wants a good farm and sons to discipline. Then there’s Elizabeth being the faithful and truthful wife to John. Then comes in another character, Abigail Williams, who John has an affair with, and is the ultimate mastermind antagonist in the play

John Proctor is your typical Puritan man of the time, wants sons to discipline, a wife to call his home and wants a good farm to provide for his family. What makes John Proctor so special is that he was a stand-up guy who speaks his mind. Around town, his name was synonymous with honor and integrity, which he also finds his identity in. He took pleasure in exposing hypocrisy and was respected for it. Most importantly, John Proctor respected himself. John throughout the play is considered a static character even though at the signing of his name he would have been considered dynamic. But he stayed static and went to his grave dying an honest man. Even though he had an affair with Abigail, John Proctor still seeks to make a stable relationship with his wife, even when their time together is coming to a close. “He reaches out his hand as though toward an embodiment not quite real, and as he touches her, a strange soft sound, half laughter, half amazement, comes from his throat. He pats her hand. She covers his hand with hers. And then, weak, he sits. Then she sits, facing him.” (Miller, Act IV) John Proctor is similar to Elizabeth Proctor in that they are both honest in their word. John Proctor dies with the truth and Elizabeth Proctor is truthful with John.

Elizabeth Proctor is a virtuous woman who is steadfast and true. These traits also...
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