Changes. Everyone goes through many different changes in their lives. In The Crucible, written by Arther Miller, many of the characters go through changes, such as Elizabeth Proctor. The Crucible actually means a severe test or trial. Elizabeth is one of the characters in the story who goes through a small test of faith and honesty.
Elizabeth is introduced in act two of The Crucible. She asks John “What keeps you so late?”(Miller191) This statement suggests suspicion from Elizabeth like she doesn’t fully trust John. Elizabeth also says “I see what I see John” (194) and “John you are not open with me…” (194) Elizabeth doesn’t think John is being honest about what he was doing with Abigail. Even though John cheated on Elizabeth she stays faithful to John.
Then later in the story Abigail accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft. Elizabeth says “It is her dearest hope, John, I know it. There be thousand names; why does she call mine? There be certain danger in calling such a name-I am no Goody Good that sleeps in ditches, nor Osburn, drunk and half-witted. She’d dare not call out such a farmer’s wife but there be monstrous profit in it. She thinks to take my place John.”(197) This statement by Elizabeth suggest that she is a faithful and truthful person and that Abigail shouldn’t be making up lies about her.
Elizabeth is then arrested for witchcraft. Elizabeth realizes that after spending some time in prison that she was a cold wife to John. She also learned that because she didn’t love herself she couldn’t receive John’s love either. She then learns to be more forgiving towards John. Elizabeth wouldn’t forgive John for his affair with Abigail at first. But at the end of the play when John is about to be hanged, she forgives John. She says “I cannot Judge you John…I have sins of my own to count.” (236) “He have goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!”(240)
Elizabeth’s biggest change in The Crucible was when she forgave John...
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