The Crucible: Treatment of Women
“I cannot think the devil may own a woman’s soul, Mr. Hale, when she keeps an upright way, as I have. I am a good woman, I know it; and if you believe I may do only good work in the world, and yet be secretly bound to Satan, I must tell you, sir, I do not believe it” Elizabeth to Reverend Hale. The author of “The Crucible”, Arthur Miller, uses this quote to indicate how women in Salem are mistreated with the roles they play in a male dominated society. In this scene, many were accused to be bound to Satan, leading the town through obstacles to discovering the truth. Through the dramatized events that took place with the accusation of Elizabeth Proctor, the truth or dare of Mary Warren, and the terrifying characteristics of Abigail Williams, the play specified the idea of women existing in marginalized groups and not being recognized as important as the men. Therefore, “The Crucible” prompts the reader to believe that lying cannot overcome the truth, that the truth is greater than any lie spoken.
The Crucible is a dramatized play written by Arthur Miller about a true but fictional story of the Salem witch trials. The play reveals how many were accused with regards of their fate, and later being put on trial. During the trials, many were accused, nineteen were hanged and one was pressed to death. The power of Abigail Williams, Reverend Parris’s niece, was the reason of the accusations. Instead of being the bigger person and understanding that her and John Proctor could not be intimate, she decided to conjure the devil to eliminate Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor’s wife. From there, things escalated to people accusing people, with no actual evidence but the accusers word against the ones being accused.
Elizabeth Proctor also known as “Goody Proctor” is portrayed as a morally, upright, truthful woman who is suspicious that her husband, John Proctor and former servant, Abigail Williams had an affair. The Author, Arthur Miller examines the treatment of women to live to take care of their families and household. In The Crucible, it states “I do not judge you. The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you. I never thought you but a good man”(55) Elizabeth to John Proctor. In this quote, Elizabeth is mistreated by her husband’s dishonesty to having an affair with Abigail Williams. Before the affair, Elizabeth had encountered few challenges in her marriage. When Elizabeth quotes “I do not Judge you” it means that everyday since, John Proctor has felt judged of their marriage but Elizabeth is only looking for forgiveness of her husband. Elizabeth also quotes “I never thought you but a good man”, here the tone of Elizabeth is shown that she is hurting and upset but she loves him enough to forgive and supports him completely. Another example of poor treatment of Elizabeth is when she was put into the position of telling the judge the truth or lying to save her husband. This is poor treatment because John Proctor had no communication about the affair, John only pushed Elizabeth away when she tried to talk about it. She is always put into her place by John Proctor. Moreover, Elizabeth was put into the position of telling the truth which would mean salvation, or saving her husband’s reputation. “My Husband–is a good man, sir.”(113) Elizabeth had never lied prior to the incident but Elizabeth lies for the first time just after John Proctor confessing to adultery. In other words, The Author, Arthur Miller’s portrays Elizabeth’s character grown from her mistreatment increasing her characteristics to being strong and moral.
The Crucible: Treatment of Women