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A crucible as defined by the Merriam-Webester Concise ElectronicDictionary is the state or fact of being tested as by suffering which atteststo what Elizabeth Proctor is going through exactly Elizabeth has quite acrucible to struggle through The infidelity of her husband is a major elementin her being Her struggle includes staying true to both her husband and herGod Another is the persecution by Abigail Warren a former employee andassistant Elizabeth also has to suffer through the decision to reveal theunfaithfulness of John or to remain strong in her love of him All of this is toomuch for Elizabeth and the burden is very heavy Elizabeths husband Johnis a religious man He believes in God but not the minister who preaches Hisword Johns actions though are not so religious and devoid of sin Abby ayoung seductress was able to gain his attention while Elizabeth wasbedridden A fiery and passionate affair scared his relationship with his wifeElizabeth struggles with his infidelity When Reverend Hale questions thecouple on the commandments it is evident that there is still a void betweenher and John All commandments could be recited except for adultery In thepuritan culture adultery is a grievous sin one punishable by death She has tolive through each day knowing that John was unfaithful and that he did notfulfill the commitment of marriage She feels hurt and betrayed but whatAbby tries next is the most underhanded trick possible Abigail was placed inpower due to her ability to spot the devil in people She could see thosewho trafficked with the devil and who was in his book This was anopportunity to settle the score for her Goody Proctor had discharged Abbyfrom her home and now was Abbys chance to get back at Elizabeth Allshe needed was an opportunity Following the idea of spirits leaving the bodyof a host she stabbed herself with a needle and blamed it on Elizabethsfamiliar spirit Elizabeth had to fight the accusations and the suspicions abouther
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