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The crucible

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Transcript of The crucible

The Crucible
Elizabeth character analysis

Elizabeth's husband had an affair with Abigail.

Initial thoughts
Elizabeth's unprecedented change

Final characterization
Importance of the story
Elizabeth and the Theme
Character traits
Who is Elizabeth
Elizabeth is John Proctor's wife. She is very honest and virtuous, yet she oddly still has commitment to her husband even after the affair with Abigail.
Later in act 3 Elizabeth starts to show change when questioned in the court she gives up her principle of honesty to protect her husbands name after struggling in her mind for awhile.Proctor does not expect she would deceive in front of the judge to retain his reputation.From Proctor's view, her decision represents her change is really impressive and astonishing to Proctor.
In act 4 Elizabeth takes the biggest jump in her character when she is able to forgive her husband and admits to Proctor that she is partially responsible for the affair he had by keeping a cold house. This forgiving of his sins allows proctor to go to his death without regret.
ELIZABETH: You take my sins upon you, John-
(Act4 P.137 line9)
In act 2 Elizabeth and Proctor have a heated conversation about Abigail and her mischief in the town. John expresses his regret for his actions but Elizabeth will not forgive him so easily as she still harbors anger towards him and his hesitation to act upon Abigail.
Elizabeth in Act 2
PROCTOR: In her life, sir, she have never lied. There are them that cannot sing, and them that cannot weep-my wife cannot lie. I have paid much to learn it, sir.(ACT3, p.113)
PROCTOR: She only thought to save my name !(Act3, P.113, line26)
. I have sins of my own to count. It needs a cold wife to prompt lechery.(Act4 P.137 line5)
What is the importance of Elizabeth to "The Crucible"
She is John's driving force
She Condemns her husband
Helps John forgive himself before he goes to his death
She takes this bitterly and starts to ruin Abigail's name throughout the town.

Elizabeth also has trouble forgiving John for what he has done no matter what he does for her.
PROCTOR, laughing bitterly: Oh, Elizabeth, your justice would
freeze beer!
#Frozen by Justice
From the story, Elizabeth’s attitude on Proctor changes from suspicious, indifferent to empathetic and reflective. She realized she has parts of the responsibility on Proctor's affair and forgives him in the end.

Dynamic character

Elizabeth is seen to be a cold woman at the beginning of the story
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