Tension and Conflict Between John and Elizabeth Proctor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Tension and Conflict Between John and Elizabeth Proctor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Works Cited Missing In Arthur Millers Crucible he creates a lot of tension and conflict between husband and wife John and Elizabeth Proctor, in act 2.

We first come to this thought in act 2 page 41, when john seasons the pot of his wife's cooking as he didn't like it the way she had cooked it, but later on in the paragraph john compliments Elizabeth on her cooking. I think Miller has used this technique to show lack of communication between the 2 characters. Later on in page 41 the "caught
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Although she guesses that he is thinking of her. Millers stage directions are clear "she is watching him from the table……" it is as though she can speak but cannot. A sense of separation arises, is now shown. I feel that this is because Elizabeth doesn't want to show that she is jealous or holding a grudge against john.

In page 43 Miller uses stage directions again to show friction when john says "I have no business in Salem….." giving us the message that he does not want anything to do with Abigail, surprisingly. John shows some sensitivity to ease the mood, when he asks Elizabeth if she is sad. Miller cleverly shows Elizabeth. Elizabeth's continuing mistrust of both john and Abigail. Elizabeth and john show us that they are appearing both worried about events in Salem, but for different reasons.

More conflict grows when miller allows john to become angry and find fault in Elizabeth. The tension is page 43 seems to calm down abit when Elizabeth and john discuss the fact that they are 14 people in jail awaiting trial. Also, that the governor says that these people will hang if they don't confess. Elizabeth and john begin to discuss Abigail's power in the court. Elizabeth the suggests to john that he must go to Salem and expose Abigail as a fraud. She says john should reveal what Abigail told him about 'dancing in the wood'.

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