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A crucible as defined by the Merriam-Webester Concise Electronic Dictionary is the state or fact of being tested as by suffering which attests to what Elizabeth Proctor is going through exactly Elizabeth has quite a crucible to struggle through The infidelity of her husband is a major element in her being Her struggle includes staying true to both her husband and her God Another is the persecution by Abigail Warren a former employee and assistant Elizabeth also has to suffer through the decision to reveal the unfaithfulness of John or to remain strong in her love of him All of this is too much for Elizabeth and the burden is very heavy Elizabeths husband John is a religious man He believes in God but not the minister who preaches His word Johns actions though are not so religious and devoid of sin Abby a young seductress was able to gain his attention while Elizabeth was bedridden A fiery and passionate affair scared his relationship with his wife Elizabeth struggles with his infidelity When Reverend Hale questions the couple on the commandments it is evident that there is still a void between her and John All commandments could be recited except for adultery In the puritan culture adultery is a grievous sin one punishable by death She has to live through each day knowing that John was unfaithful and that he did not fulfill the commitment of marriage She feels hurt and betrayed but what Abby tries next is the most underhanded trick possible Abigail was placed in power due to her ability to spot the devil in people She could see those who trafficked with the devil and who was in his book This was an opportunity to settle the score for her Goody Proctor had discharged Abby from her home and now was Abbys chance to get back at Elizabeth All she needed was an opportunity Following the idea of spirits leaving the body
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