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The Strumpet And The Wife Essay

950 words - 4 pages

Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, renders the horrific events of the Salem witch trial through a crew of many fantastic characters. Fear pedals the citizens of Salem Massachusetts to reveal their true character while facing the judgment of a bias court before barbarous judges. While the whole town of Salem is filled up with this madness, two particular women stand out above the rest. Shame and revenge lives in the mind and heart of an adulteress teenager Abigail Williams, while truth and righteousness lives in the soul of Elizabeth Proctor, a faithful wife to John Proctor. Abigail and Elizabeth both heighten the suspense and tension of the play along with their differences leading to turmoil due to both of their desire for one man’s love.
In The Crucible, Abigail Williams is a cunning, manipulating and deceitful character who thought of an idea where she can get away with anything without fearing any consequences. A teenager never looked at as a dangerous character by her society; Abigail figured that she could avoid trouble by making up lies to cover up her practicing witch craft. When the other girls from her community who were also involved in this started feeling guilty, Abigail verbally threatened by saying "..Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shutter you. And you know I can do it.."(Act I, 20). She never did play around with her getting in trouble and ruining her chances to be with John Proctor, the man whom she was most in love with. Elizabeth and Abigail are merely opposite of each other. A faithful wife to John Proctor, Elizabeth was more than a bystander in her community. Her husband considered her loving, sweet, honest, and a good hearted woman. In the court when John was being determined for hanging he offered Elizabeth to speak of the incident that recently had occurred. He really believed that she would tell the truth even if her husband’s life was in the line. John told the judges that "In her life sir, she will never lie" (Act III,111). Although her husband committed adultery, she worked on forgiving her husband because of the kind and religious heart that is within her. She also never gave up her in marriage. For instance, when speaking to John about his affair she asserts "You'll tear it free- when you come to know that I will be your only wife, or no wife at all. She has an arrow in you yet, John Proctor, and you know it well!" (Act II.62). Elizabeth is a kind hearted woman with a beautiful soul who always looks on the greener...

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