February 1, 2016


“The Crucible” has many themes in its text, but one of the most important of those is betrayal. The biggest and main betrayal in the play is John Proctor cheating on his wife Elizabeth with a girl named Abigail. Abby is now trying to kill Elizabeth so she can be with John but John doesn’t want this to happen. John doesn’t want to let the truth out because it will tarnish his good name, he just wants to bury his mistake away and forget about it. John resents Elizabeth for not forgiving him and going back to normal and Elizabeth resents John for cheating in the first place. She finds it hard to ever trust him again. In act three John says, “I have made a bell of my honor! I have rung the doom of my good name-you will believe me, Mr. Danforth! My wife is innocent, except she knew a whore when she saw one!” John gave up his good name, which he cares about so much to save his wife Elizabeth from being hanged a witch. Then, Elizabeth lies for John saying that he was not a cheater in front of open court. Despite all of John’s betrayal and lies she still loves him enough to protect him.