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ayeshah7 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 20, 2011 at 7:25 AM via web

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In Act 4 of "The Crucible," to what does Elizabeth attribute Proctor's willingness to hang?

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teachersyl | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 22, 2011 at 10:38 AM (Answer #1)

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"He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!"

This is the final line in the play. By now the reader and the audience should know that John Proctor is not hanging because of any witchcraft. This is his penance for his indiscretion with Abigail and his way of saving his wife, whom he feels he does not deserve. And as much as it pains her, Elizabeth knows that this is her husband's only way of making things right.

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ayeshah7 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 20, 2011 at 7:27 AM (Answer #2)

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she believes its self respect that he wont sign his name to an affidavit

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