Character and Action:
- John & Elizabeth do not spend time with each other
- They have cold conversations with each other which eventually turns into an argument.
- John starts to be sarcastic when he adds salt to the food Elizabeth made him which shows he is complimenting himself.
- Talk of Abigail Williams makes him angry and he feels as if Elizabeth doesn’t want to let go.
- He upsets her. As it is their relationship is cold and there are a lot of silences between one another – this shows that awkwardness of their relationship.
- She receives it with a certain disappointment (cold relationship) → (blushing with pleasure) → shows that she loves him.
- Elizabeth Proctor
- John Proctor
- Mary warren
Themes and context:
- Status – Proctor calls her ‘Woman’ when they ague also links with power. -How dare you question me woman?
- Status + Power – John Proctor
- Proctor cuts Elizabeth off ‘I have no – ‘ representing power once again.
- Status- I’ll not have your suspicion any more’ – demands her.
Language/structure and effects:
- Archaic – ‘I were planting for out to the forest edge’ – Aye. The word ‘aye’ represents how they spoke back in the day, and how that language has changed throughout as now instead of aye people say yes.
- Clipping – Droppin’, Dewitchin’, ‘She’s weepin’! – clipping shows that what time they were in and they used to always drop a letter for example the ‘g’ and the end of words and how the pronunciation was like then.
- Religion – ‘pray god’, ‘I would to go she were’
- I am sick, ‘I am sick… pray, pray hurt me not’ – believe that god looks after them.
- Foreshadowing – ‘it’s a fair poppet – poppet (hysteria) seen as part of witchcraft. Miller created foreshadowing in this play to give us an idea of something later on to happen in the play.