Puritans lived to achieve the grace of God. All sinners, liars, and adulterers were condemned to hell under the eyes of God himself. Arthur Miller, the mastermind behind the sad and heartbreaking play The Crucible succeeds in telling a story of the complicated relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor. During the dark days of the pretense witchcraft spreading on the streets of Salem, Massachusetts Bay, the relationship between John and Elizabeth quickly changes from distant and protective to united before their true love is ripped apart by the noose that awaits for John Proctor’s life.
Elizabeth Proctor had her suspicions that her husband John Proctor may have been having an “inappropriate” relationship with Abigail Williams. Marriage is based on the foundation of trust and communication. While Elizabeth can not just walk away from this marriage considering the fact that she took her vows to be with John Proctor for the rest of her life. Things can get quite awkward and in a way very distant to the point of losing trust and the main component of communication. For instance, John Proctor needed to head to the village to see what was going on with these rumors that Betty Parris was bewitched. However, while on his way to the village he encountered Abigail with great shame John knew that she needed to stay away. While on his way home Elizabeth, stated “You were alone with her?” on page 53. Proctor stubbornly said back, “ For a moment alone, aye” which then took place on page 54. Trust was most definitely lost and the awkward distance between John and Elizabeth got worse as time went on. However, the great shame of Proctor started to show when Hale arrived to the Proctor residence to question them about their faith with God. The main challenge Hale brought up to Proctor and Elizabeth is do you know your Ten Commandments? Proctor was forced to name off all of the commandments ironically he managed to “forget” one of them. Elizabeth, responded on Page 67 delicately, “Adultery John”. John Proctor of course has lusted and betrayed the trust of his beloved wife this only caused them to push away from each other very awkwardly.
The relationship statues of Proctor and Elizabeth quickly change from distant and awkward to a protective mode. While Abigail and her group of friends have so much control and power over who is accused and not accused Elizabeth Proctor’s name happens to be mentioned in court. Mary warren who is a servant for John and Elizabeth Proctor warns that Elizabeth's name was mentioned in court in order to save herself from a whipping by John Proctor. This news is breathtaking for Elizabeth but suspects that Abigail wants vengeance. According to the passage on page 67 Elizabeth states “ She wants me dead, John, you know it.” Proctor also shocked with this news comes up with a way to protect her by trying to get her name cleared from the court. Earlier in the book when John went to Salem where he ran into Abagail...