The Crucible


A crucible, as defined by the Merriam-Webester Concise Electronic Dictionary, is "the state or fact of being tested (as by suffering)", which attests to what Elizabeth Proctor is going through exactly. Elizabeth has quite a crucible to struggle through. The infidelity of her husband is a major element in her being. Her struggle includes staying true to both her husband and her God. Another is the persecution by Abigail Warren, a former employee and assistant. Elizabeth also has to suffer through the decision to reveal the unfaithfulness of John or to remain strong in her love of him. All of this is too much for Elizabeth and the burden is very heavy.
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could be recited except for adultery. In the puritan culture, adultery is a grievous sin, one punishable by death. She has to live through each day knowing that John was unfaithful, and that he did not fulfill the commitment of marriage. She feels hurt and betrayed, but what Abby tries next is the most underhanded trick possible.
Abigail was placed in power due to her "ability" to spot the devil in people. She could see those who trafficked with the devil and who was in his book. This was an opportunity to settle the score for her. Goody Proctor had discharged Abby from her home, and now was Abby’s chance to get back at Elizabeth.. All she needed was an opportunity. Following the idea of spirits leaving the body of a host, she stabbed herself with a needle, and blamed it on Elizabeth’s familiar spirit. Elizabeth had to fight the accusations and the suspicions about her and her bad intentions. She was backed in a corner and there was nowhere to go. If she ...

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