In Arthur Millers play The Crucible, Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Proctor are two very different characters. Abigail being a selfish and heartless girl, Elizabeth is a kind and honest woman. Abigail used her own personal grudge against Elizabeth motive for accusing her of witchcraft. Their hatred had been long standing, mainly because John Proctor Elizabeth’s husband was having an affair with Abigail. Elizabeth’s coldness was the main cause of her husband’s disloyalty but she forgives him and does what is possible to keep her family together which is the most significant thing to her.
Lady Macbeth was stronger in handling the situation, expressing almost no emotions over what her husband did. As Macbeth was expressing the faults of his responsibilities, Lady Macbeth comforts him by saying, “Consider it not so deeply.” (2.2.41) and “These deeds must not be thought / After these ways; so, it will make us mad.” (2.2.44-45), reassuring Macbeth with lack of care, not to fret over what he has done. Macbeth cannot bare what he had just done, however, showing clear signs of anxiety and guilt, as he says, “Methought, I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more! / Macbeth does murder sleep” –the innocent sleep”
Lady Macbeth quietly whispers to herself, "... Make thick my blood./ Stop up the access and passage to remorse/ That no compunctions visitings of nature/ Shake fell my purpose, nor keep peace between/ The effect and it. Come to my woman's breasts/ and take the milk for gall..." (Shakespear 1.5.40-45). Lady Macbeth actually asks to become a man because she believes it will complete her and reward her with all the power. Since this request can not come to fruition the next best thing would be her husband come to power and rule the kingdom. Ultimately, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth differ in their drive but Lady Macbeth's asserts herself meaining Macbeth takes a back seat and complete's all of her wishes.
“Her refusal to have her marriage dissolved…freed her temporarily from certain wifely duties…gave her a chance to have a girlhood” (28). Unlike woman of the time, Bertrande’s clever insight uncovers the advantageous qualities of an unconsummated married. Bertrande further eludes societal norms in meeting her alleged husband, Arnaud du
We meet John Proctor whom Abigail is in love with. He does not love her back, he is married and has children, but she still keeps believing Proctor will be hers. In line 471 she says: "You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!" Everything she does is for the sake of love. Which is not an excuse at all, but now it makes more sense why she gets into trouble connected with witchcraft and involves the girls in it.
The marriage between Othello and Desdemona in Othello was, in fact, an abusive one. It is apparent that Othello and Desdemona love each other from the very beginning. They love each other enough to get married, despite all the obstacles they know they will have to encounter, including racism and Brabantio’s disapproval. Desdemona’s love for Othello becomes apparent when she states, “I am hitherto your daughter: but here's my husband, and so much duty as my mother show'd to you, preferring you before her father, so much I challenge that I may profess due to the Moor, my lord” to her father, essentially telling him that her loyalty lies with Othello, and not with him (I.iii.180-189). It becomes clear that Othello loves Desdemona after he arrives in Cyprus, and says “As hell's from heaven!
Stella is willing to look past everything Stanley does because she loves him and that makes her the fool of the play. After finding out Stanley raped her sister she still chooses Stanley though she asks herself “what have I done to my sister?” Stella is so stuck on her life as it is that she’s not willing to accept that Stanley is not the man she once deceived herself he was and that internal conflict is what makes her a huge
Ismene's conflict revolves around both her sister Antigone and Uncle Creon. She cares for her sister and wants her to stop her “foolishness.” While she does not seem to agree with Creon's decree, she recognizes it as a law straight from the king and finds herself supporting it due to her subservient nature and beliefs. So while Ismene loves her sister, she instead chooses to side with Creon’s orders and does her best to talk Antigone out of her
Look here it is.”(III.iii.) Iago’s manipulative ways have earned him what he needs to succeed in the demise of his counterparts. By being loyal to her husband, Emilia has caused a great deal of harm to the woman she cares so deeply for. Another conversation of Desdemona is brought up between the Ancient and his general and this time Iago explains to Othello that he had seen Cassio with his ladies handkerchief. Othello later questions Desdemona about the handkerchief and she cannot answer where it is.
She makes the point that she knew the joy of being a mother, and would have given that up for Macbeth to be king. She uses terrible, violent imagery as a shock tactic. “Art thou afeared, to be the same in thine own act and valour, as thou art in desire?” This is an important part of her persuasive speech. Macbeth's rank and fame depend on his courage and bravery. She says he cannot love her.