John Proctor and Elizabeth's Relationship
In the beginning of the play John speaks about Elizabeth once to
Abigail. Abby has said that Elizabeth was a cold and sickly wife. John
says to her that she has no right to speak of his wife in such a
manner and renounces the comment about her being sickly. He does not,
although, dismiss Abby's charge that Elizabeth is a cold wife. But, he
means it is because of him that she is this way.
In the beginning of Act 2 there was a great feeling of detachment and
tension in the Proctor household. We see John trying to start a
conversation with Elizabeth and she only gives him short answers to
please him. Then the tide turns to her questioning him and he is the
one that becomes short with her because she is requesting that he go
to Salem and confess that Abigail is liar. To do that, though he must
confess his sin. During most of the scene they're not sure of each
other. She doesn't quite trust him, but she loves him. Proctor
believes himself to be an abomination in his own eyes and according to
his own high standards and especially in the eyes of God. He only
wants his wife's trust in him restored and for her to love him again.
At the end of the act is where you feel the great love that they hold
Proctor holds for her. When she is arrested he nearly gets into a
fight with Cheever because he is going to chain her. He knows that she
is being arrested because of his mistake. He verbally fights with Hale
over the evidence as he promises to bring her home soon. They need to
protect each other now.
In Act 3 you see that he is doing his best to fulfill his promise to
free her from that jail and have all the charges acquitted. He goes to
the court with Mary...