The Crucible

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The Crucible John and Elizabeth Proctor's Relationship at the Beginning of Act II In the beginning of Act II, John and Elizabeth Proctor portray an insincere sentiment towards one another. Although they may appear to be acting naturally, as a loving husband and wife, they are instead projecting a false persona in an effort to conceal the actual condition of their household. Several incidents from Act I provide enough information for one to assume that the Proctors are not heartfelt in their actions.

As the play progresses into the following pages, (50, 51) a more accurate depiction of John and Elizabeth's relationship is exhibited. In the paragraph on page 51, starting, "There is a pause," the true condition of their relationship is displayed. It continues, "Her back is turned to him. He turns to her and watches her. A sense of their separation rises." This statement accurately depicts the current state of Elizabeth and John's relationship.

The damaged state of the Proctor household has been tarnished by lies and adultery. They are no longer the ideal couple that once existed so profoundly.

John and Elizabeth begin to argue about Mary Warren's actions on pages 52 and 53. Now, the true circumstances are revealed. The argumentative nature of their conversation now shows that they are not as civil as it once appeared (2 pages ago). This argument leads to further confrontation with other members of the community visiting the Proctor home. When Elizabeth is taken into custody, their relationship may never be the same again.