Marriage of John and Elizabeth in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
John Proctor shows many strengths and weaknesses throughout The
Crucible. He is honest, upright and blunt-spoken. His manliness acts
a great strength, but also as a weakness, for this is what led him to
his affair with Abigail. The guilt he feels over this contributes to
his imprisonment and death as it prevents him from speaking out soon
Proctor is honest and regrets what he has done wrong. “God help me, I
lusted and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore’s
vengeance and you must see it, I set myself entirely in your hand.”
This shows he accepts his mistakes and regrets them, but he knows he
must confess in court.
He is a very proud man and cares about his reputation a lot. He has a
fear of public opinion and thinks everybody should think good of him,
which contributes to his death. His decision to accept death rather
than betray his friends and family allows him to recover the sense of
goodness he lost when he committed adultery with Abigail and to serve
his community. His fear of public opinion compelled him to withhold
his adultery from court. He is outspoken and blunt in his disbelief
of witchcraft, he initially chose to downplay the significance of
Abigail’s accusations. This allows him to look rational but can also
be seen like he is not making an effort to take the necessary action.
John is kind, strong and sharp. “Let them that have lied die now to
keep their souls.” This shows he is strong under pressure and now in
the face of death.
Elizabeth Proctor also shows many strengths and weaknesses throughout
the play. “Spoke or silent, a promise is surely made.” Shows she
thinks about the affair a lot and is still bothered by it.
She is paranoid. “What keeps you so long?” shows she is always
thinking and expecting the worst. In this case she thinks John has
been with Abigail. This could also show she is pessimistic.
Elizabeth is demanding, in charge and domineering. This is shown in
her marriage to John. John has to answer to Elizabeth and she has to
know where he is all the time.
She is confident in her own morality and is able to maintain a sense
of virtue. Elizabeth is thought of as a woman of unimpeachable
honesty, but it is this reputation that causes her husband to be