Table of Contents
- 1 Why does Elizabeth become angry with John?
- 2 What act does Elizabeth lie for John?
- 3 Why is the conversation argument between John and Elizabeth Proctor in Act II significant?
- 4 What is Elizabeth’s reaction to that decision?
- 5 Does Elizabeth forgive John?
- 6 How is John and Elizabeth’s relationship at the top of Act 2?
Why does Elizabeth become angry with John?
Elizabeth becomes upset with Proctor because he did not tell her he spent time alone with Abigail. Proctor and Elizabeth argue. Proctor is angry because he believes Elizabeth is accusing him of dishonesty and is suspicious that he has resumed his affair with Abigail.
Why does Elizabeth not try to change John’s mind?
It is because Elizabeth knows John must face his own conscience and make his own decision. At this point, the only thing John has left is the ability to make the moral decision and to uphold the integrity of his name, both in the eyes of God and the good people of Salem. This play is about judgment.
What act does Elizabeth lie for John?
As John struggles with whether to falsely confess to witchcraft in Act 4, Elizabeth makes a confession of her own, telling him that she knows she is at least a little to blame for his affair with Abigail, which has brought ruin on them both. In Act 2, John told her that her mercy could freeze beer.
Is Elizabeth justified for her line of questioning with John?
Elizabeth is somewhat justified in her suspicion since John shortly reveals that he spoke with Abigail, his former lover, alone, when he’d led Elizabeth to believe that he was never alone with the girl. Even though John has forbidden Mary to go into the courts in Salem anymore, Elizabeth feels she could not stop her.
Why is the conversation argument between John and Elizabeth Proctor in Act II significant?
This conversation, over Elizabeth’s perceived weakness in dealing with Mary, prompts the discussion to turn to Elizabeth’s desire that John should go to Salem to tell the authorities what Abigail told him. In Act II the reader finds out that John Proctor has had an affair with Abigail while she worked for the Proctors.
Why won’t Elizabeth plead any more to save John from hanging?
Elizabeth doesn’t take Hale’s advice because she has recognized that her husband is a strong, proud man who values his reputation and his independence. She doesn’t want to be responsible for helping to take that away from him. She has to let him make his own decision.
What is Elizabeth’s reaction to that decision?
Overall, Elizabeth’s response is calm and supportive. She has completely forgiven John and wants him to do what is right for himself by making his own decision. At the end of Act Four, John Proctor is deciding between confessing a lie to save his life and refusing to lie but losing his life as a result.
Will Elizabeth lie to save John?
According to John, Elizabeth is honest and cannot tell a lie. John’s credibility is completely ruined, and he is depicted as an enemy of the court. Elizabeth thinks she is doing the right thing by protecting her husband’s reputation but, ironically, makes the situation much worse.
Does Elizabeth forgive John?
He committed adultery earlier that year while she was sick, and though his lover (Abigail Williams) is now out of his life, Elizabeth still judges him for it. More importantly, he still judges himself. It isn’t until Elizabeth forgives him and admits her own faults that John Proctor is able to forgive himself.
What does Elizabeth want John?
Elizabeth originally wants John to go to Salem so he can tell the court that he knows the girls are lying. Then, when she finds out she was accused in court, she wants him to go to Salem to speak directly with Abigail. Elizabeth makes these requests with an eye towards correcting injustice and saving her own life.
How is John and Elizabeth’s relationship at the top of Act 2?
The relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor in Act 2 Their relationship in the beginning of Act 2 is very tense and dull because of the events that are happening in Salem. The tenseness of the conversation comes from Elizabeth not trusting John because he had an affair with Abigail.
How is the conflict between Elizabeth and John resolved?
Elizabeth and John Proctor John and Elizabeth are in conflict because Elizabeth knows of his affair with Abigail. This conflict is only resolved at the end of the play, after John has shown his devotion to his wife by telling the court of his affair and putting his life at stake.