Identify a quote that shows a change in Proctor's marriage by the end of the play.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that the ending quote of the drama might be a great statement to show the change in Proctor's marriage.  When Elizabeth proclaims at the end about her husband that “He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him," it is a statement that shows how much their marriage has changed.  Elizabeth has finally seen the goodness in Proctor, something that he has finally recognized.  Proctor has become the best husband now that he is about to die for his beliefs.  She has recognized that their marriage has fundamentally changed.  It is here where I think that the most change in their marriage is on display.  Proctor and Elizabeth had struggled throughout most of the play because of the lack of conviction and authenticity present in their marriage.  At the final moments of Proctor's life, it has become clear that he authentically believes in what he must do and she in what he does.  This becomes the point where they become the closest in kind.  At no other point in the play are they able to find this level of closeness and intimacy between one another.  It is here where I think that the closing quote of the drama is one in which there is a clear change in the Proctors.


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