Elizabeth's Spiritual Growth In "The Crucible"

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The Crucible tells of a town’s obsession of accusing innocent people of withcraft. One character that stands out and makes a spiritual growth is Elizabeth Proctor. Elizabeth allows her frustrations of her depression to overcome her religious beliefs which separates herself from God and her marriage. She grows spiritually and begins to understand the things going on around her which was the strength she needed in the beginning.
At the start of the play, Elizabeth is heartbroken her husband, John Proctor, has committed adultery seven months ago with Abagail Williams. Elizabeth’s sorrow leads her to insecurities of her husband’s fidelity. When the talk of witchcraft comes up, Elizabeth becomes devastated she has been accused of witchery by Abagail. She is even more heartbroken John will not confess to the court of his infidelity to end the whole fiasco. She gently asks John to break any false hopes Abagail may have and is quickly discouraged by his answer. Elizabeth believes Abagail means to accuse her of witchery to take her place (1127). She goes on to tell her husband, “…I will be your only wife or no wife at all!...”(1128). Elizabeth knows no good can come out of the witch trials and she somewhat blames her husband (1134). With everything going on, Elizabeth allows her distress to overcome her Puritan beliefs.
During the time of the Salem witch trials, many accusations were made. Because Elizabeth knows Abagail wishes to take her place, she initially becomes frustrated when Rev. Hale reveals Abagail has...

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