John Procter And Abigail Williams Essay

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John Procter and Abigail WilliamsBy Kimberly TeranA wife, a husband, and a young servant with a dirty little secret. John Procter and Abigail Williams have been hiding their complex, secretive, prevaricate and dangerous relationship from the whole town since Abigail worked as a servant in the Procter household. John Procter and Abigail Williams relationship is extremely complex. First and foremost the relationship between these two dynamic characters goes much farther than just two people having a simple affair, partially because affairs are never simple. Another reason being that John Procter has a wife- Elizabeth Procter-and Abigail Williams is only an adolescent and servant household. Their affair all started when Abigail was working at the Procter household as a servant. John Proctors' amorous desires for Abigail became too much and so they began their sordid affair. Somehow, Procter's wife found out about their affair and she fired Abigail Williams.Now, Abigail Williams and John Procter meet again in the bedroom of Betty Parris where she lay in a coma like state since she was found dancing with other girls her age and Tituba, a black servant. Now, Procter is trying to let go of the relationship to save himself and his marriage, but Abigail refuses to let it go, demanding that he still has feelings for her and he still come and see her. Later, Abigail says, "I have a sense for heat, John, and yours have drawn me to my window, and I have seen you looking up, burning in your loneliness. Do you tell me you've never looked up at my window?" (Miller 21) And thus, he has looked up, which makes him quite unable to defend himself making the situation only more difficult. Procter says at one point, "Abby by I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched Abby" (Miller 22) causing Abigail to later exclaim, "I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart!" ……………I never knew what pretense Salem, mainland was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men! And now you bid me tear the light out of my eyes? I will not, I cannot! You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet" (Miller 22) The Williams-miller relationship is also quite secretive because of its nature as an affair and in that time, 1692, that sort of relationship was looked down upon unreservedly. Because their relationship is an affair, they cannot see each other in the way they want to very often and especially not while other people are around. They are not married to each other which make their relationship very wrong in that community and time- more so wrong than it would be now. John Procter understands that their secret must be kept, but Abigail doesn't care that they were caught once and could be caught again. She...

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