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In the Crucible by Arthur Miller, the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor is not so clear since they both have a very tempestuous relationship in the very first action with each other during the drama. It is therefore very difficult to check what relationship that they had with each other earlier. Miller wrote the play to evaluate what had been happening from the 1950's at that time with that which had happened at the Salem witch hunts. Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' was written so that individuals at the time might relate what had happened in Salem with the McCarthyism occurring at that moment. The McCarthyism era was when the Un-American Activities Committee had been at power and punished civilians that were detained as communists. The events which occurred at the 2 periods of time were similar as individuals were seeing other innocent individuals to attempt to get out of trouble and this unfortunately resulted in the occurrence in both Salem and in 1950s America. In the beginning of the drama John is described as a 'well respected' and an 'even feared' guy in Salem and reveals that he's a man of 'great power' and 'jurisdiction'. However, in the rear of the 'great power' and 'esteem' at the middle of Act 1 when people realise that John has had an affair with Abigail. "Abby, I may think of you from time to time. I, however, can cut off my hand before I'll ever hit for you again. Wipe it from mind. We never touched, Abby" (Page 18). This quotation shows us that they had an affair and that John is attempting to forget about this and also make his union stronger with Elizabeth. John's adultery is among the principal issues why they both did not get along quite well as Elizabeth kept on questioning him that John wasn't prepared to reply. (Page 45 -- Act 2) Proctor: You will not ju...