Having good characteristics and good traits can be both and bad, it can tend to lead people to take advantage of you or it can tend to give ourselves self esteem and take care of ourselves and don’t have to depend on other people. The Crucible is about extreme behavior and consequences are taken into action and the people are scared of witchcraft and the people that are crying witchcraft are seeking vengeance and want to take matters into their own hands and want people to suffer who they believe deserve the consequences. One character that stands out in the story is Elizabeth Proctor because even though she did not have trust at all for her husband, John Proctor she ended up forgiving him in the end and saw his side of the story and chose to understand why he did what he did.
She represents forgiveness and shows how time can heal pain. This character can be described as compassionate, loyal and courageous. Elizabeth Proctor can be described as compassionate for many reasons.
One example is “Do what you will. But let none be your judge. There be no higher judge under Heaven than Proctor is!” On page 57, it says “Do what you will. But let none be your judge.
There be no higher judge under Heaven than Proctor is!” This shows that Elizabeth during this moment is deciding to forgive John and let him know that her forgiveness is what is making John Proctor wanting to keep living. Even if he would be living in dishonesty. That leads him to confessing. Another example is “He have his goodness now” “God forbid I take it from him.” On page 61, it says “He have his goodness now.” “God forbid I take it from him.” Therefore, during this moment, John Proctor was doing everything in his power in order to keep his name clean and to protect his name.
Reverend Hale was attempting to convince Elizabeth to tell the truth and Elizabeth wanted to just let John have his pride and feel good for once. From these examples, it is clear that Elizabeth Proctor does her best to be compassionate and attempt to make him happy. This character can also be described as loyal. This is apparent when she was describing to the Judge Danforth that John is a loyal and a good man.
On page 45, it says “My husband is a good and righteous man.. He is never drunk, as some are..” She is describing what type of man she believes he is in front of the judge. This shows that no matter what position they are in she will continue to stay loyal to him.
Another example when she was attempting to convince Judge Danforth that Abigail was not a good person, she protected her husband’s name when he had asked if John was a lecher. On page 46, it says “My husband..is a goodly man, sir” “No sir.” During this moment, she is saying how her husband didn’t commit lechery in order to keep his name protected for the future son. This means Elizabeth lied to the judge believing that she had John a favor but in reality she didn’t know that John had already confessed. As you can see Elizabeth protected his name and their future son and lied in order to keep their name protected and thought she did a favor. The final and most important description of courageous is Elizabeth, no matter what position she is put in or no matter what danger is involved, if it involves she cares for or loves dearly, she will fight for them and stay brave.
In one instance, when Abigail had accused Elizabeth of doing “voodoo” on a doll she had in her house and seeing a needle stuck in the stomach. Abigail was stabbed there and Elizabeth just went with them instead of causing trouble for Mary Warren and John. On page 30, it says “I will fear nothing.” She was demonstrating her being brave by proving her innocence. It is apparent that Elizabeth knows that Abigail is lying and is attempting to show her true self. In another event, she was confident in knowing her commandments when Reverend Hale asked if she knew her commandments. On page 24, it says “I surely do.
There be no mark of blame upon my life, Mister Hale, I am a covenanted Christian women.” Therefore, Elizabeth is being questioned of her religion and stands up for herself. So it is clear that Elizabeth is compassionate, loyal and courageous.
In the novel The Crucible, Elizabeth Proctor can be described as compassionate, loyal and courageous. One example of compassionate is when Elizabeth is deciding to forgive John and letting him know that he has something to live for. This character can also be described as loyal when she is up against the judge and protect her husband’s name instead of confessing. Finally, this character can also be considered courageous, when she was accused of injuring Abigail when in reality Elizabeth knows that she didn’t do no harm to her at all.
When being loyal, courageous and compassionate, good and bad things can come from it. It could be bad because some people can tend to take advantage of it, but when it could also be good because you are able to take care of yourself and don’t have to depend on others.