In "The Crucible" what are some actions that Elizabeth Proctor takes?

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Some of the first actions that we learn about that are committed by Elizabeth Proctor are in regards to her servant, Abigail Williams.  In the opening scene, Abby is talking to her uncle Parris about Elizabeth, and Parris implies that Elizabeth fired Abigail.  So, that is the first act that we learn about, and that is learned through a different character.  We aren't exactly sure why yet, but it becomes more clear later in that act when Abby and John are talking.  It is revealed that Abby and John were having an affair, so, why Elizabeth was fired becomes more clear there.

Other actions that Elizabeth Proctor takes become more clear in Act Two, where she is one of the main characters in the scenes.  We see that she is cooking a meal, and serving her husband, John after he comes in from the fields.  Then, she has a conversation with him, and they end up arguing.  Later, she is arrested, and taken to jail.  In act three, she commits only one significant act--she lies.  Then in act four, she again speaks to her husband, and refrains begging for his life when he chooses to die.

Overall, Elizabeth doesn't do to many things in the play, but her significance as a character is undeniable.  She plays a major role in all of the action, whether she is present or not.  I hope that those thoughts helped a bit; good luck!