Elizabeth Proctor In The Crucible

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If a husband cheated on a wife would the wife forgive him? Elizabeth Proctor is a dynamic character in The Crucible. During the era of the Salem witch trials people wanted to keep their reputations clean and not have others think of them badly. If you had a bad reputation then you would be ignored or worse get accused of witchcraft. Elizabeth Proctor loved her husband but she was blinded by his mistakes.In the end she looked past his mistake and found that she truly loved him and didn’t want anything to happen to him, but first they had to be put through terrible events. Elizabeth Proctor is the wife to John Proctor and he makes the mistake of having an affair with a seventeen year old girl named Abigail. Their affair ended seven months ago, but Elizabeth can’t forgive him for what he did and is so blinded that she turns bitter towards him. Elizabeth says “You came so late I thought you went to Salem.”(Miller 1162) What she is trying to say is she thought that he went to see Abigail because he was so late getting home. She tries to start an argument; and shows that she doesn’t trust him. Elizabeth can’t trust John and Abigail alone together because she is afraid that he will cheat on her again. …show more content…
“For a moment, aye.” said Proctor. “Why, then, it is not as you told me.” said Elizabeth. (Miller 1164) Elizabeth accuses John that if it were not Abigail he would have told the court about his and Abigail's conversation about the court. “John, if it were not Abigail that you must go hurt, would you falter now. I think not.” (Miller 1164). Elizabeth thinks that John needs to tell the court that Abigail and the other girls are lying and they are killing innocent people, but he won’t because of his relationship to Abigail. This shows Elizabeth is blind by John’s mistake and can’t seem to see past it until he proves it when she needs him