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Abigail vs. Elizabeth
Elizabeth Proctor has stabbed me using her poppet. She is a witch!
John Proctor vs. Abigail
I do not love you. What we had was in the past. No More!
Oh John. I love you so very much. Let it just be us from now on.
John Proctor vs. Elizabeth
Forgive me for what I have done Elizabeth. I won't do it again!
It is not mine to forgive John. It is on your conscience.
Throughout the story, there is conflict between Mrs. Proctor and Abigail. Abigail wants to be with John but cannot while Mrs. Proctor is. This causes a great disliking for Elizabeth Proctor and makes Abigail try to get rid of her. For example, when Elizabeth is given the poppet, Abigail goes all the way to stab herself with a nail to accuse Elizabeth of being a witch. Miller needed to show how seriously in love Abigail was with John as well as how evil she was, which is why he added this conflict.
Alongside Abigail and Elizabeth is Abigail and John. Although John and Abigail slept together, John no longer wants anything to do with her. Abigail on the other hand wants to be with John extremely badly. She and John argue at the beginning of the play about their past but Abigail is not willing to let go. These actions cause problems in the future. Miller added this as it was the main reason that the conflicts all occurred.
John and Elizabeth have marital issues from their own faults. John has an affair with Abigail but Elizabeth blames herself partially. There is a whole scene about John asking Elizabeth for forgiveness but she says it is not hers to give. I think Miller placed this as a second reasoning to have the affair but also because John needed a reason to change and his wife was a quite important one. Although they have conflict, they make peace in the end, unlike characters like Abigail.
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