Crucible Essay

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A person’s personality is extremely multifarious and is what influences the behavior of an individual. Strength within a personality enables a person to be assertive and outgoing, yet reasonable. Characters throughout Arthur Miller’s The Crucible show strength by standing up for what is right and by doing what is right. Elizabeth Proctor is a well-rounded person who is tries to stay true to her husband and family, in which she does by using the strength that she possesses. Elizabeth portrays strength in the play by hiding her emotions from those who appear to be powerful. She also tries to protect her husband’s reputation, while still being cautious with what she says and does, maintaining the strength within her personality, and still is an overall honorable person. Being a cautious person, Elizabeth Proctor is a woman who knows when a problem is arising around her. The problems that arise in The Crucible cause her to be cautious and worried about her surroundings. Being leery, in Salem, is a huge advantage when discussing problems because it gives power to the person. Because Elizabeth is shrewd, she knows what to do and what to say when in a certain situation. In Act Two, Elizabeth and John are having a conversation, when it is mentioned, “she doesn’t want friction, and yet she must.” (51). This shows Elizabeth trying not to create confrontation with her husband, but yet she feels that it is necessary. This leads into another example of Elizabeth and her cautious personality, because of what is said later in the conversation. When suggesting to John about telling Mr. Cheever the truth about the children it is said that she asked “Quietly, fearing to anger him by prodding.” (53). She understands that John has issues about his reputation and is careful when asking him to possibly tarnishing it. When addressing a problem that had arose months before the play takes place, John is angered by her suspicions and questions her judgment. In the same conversation in Act Two, when asked about his affair with Abigail Williams, John flips the blame on Elizabeth by stating, “Spare me! You forget nothin’ and forgive nothin’:”(54) This proves that Elizabeth is worried that John was with Abigail and is hesitant to believe that the affair is over. With caution, comes strength, which is a trait that if used wisely could be useful to any person. Power or strength can, when used right, can benefit anyone. Towards the end of the play Elizabeth finds herself in quite a large predicament. She is charged of witchcraft by Abigail Williams, and has to leave her home to go and wait in the jail. Proceeding to the ride to the jail, it is said, “she is fighting her weeping.” (77) By hiding he emotions, Elizabeth is able to show her strength so people do not think she is weak and afraid. Later during he same scene, Elizabeth shows her strength a second time by hiding her fear. In response to John saying, “fear nothing Elizabeth,” she states “with great fear: “I will fear nothing.” (78) The fear that Elizabeth has is masked by her strength to hide it. This is clever, because it lets people think that she fears nothing, when in reality she is terrified. Presumed to be a quiet and respectful wife, Elizabeth shows courage when she stands up to John