Elizabeth Proctor

By Amber Blatnik

About Elizabeth from the Crucible Book

Elizabeth Proctor was the wife of John Proctor in the Crucible. She had three kids with John and they were all boys. She was a quiet character and minded her own business though most of the book. The only reason she got involved was because she fired Abigail Williams from being a maid in her household because she got clues that her husband was cheating on her with Abigail. Abigail then wanted to take revenge on her. Soon after, she hired another maid, Mary Warren. During the Salem witch trials, she was accused of witchcraft because of Abigail's plot. Mary brought home a doll with a needle in the belly, and Abigail stabbed herself in the belly to make it look like Elizabeth was trying to harm her using her witchcraft she claimed she was doing. Elizabeth was innocent the whole time but Abigail wanted her dead so she could have John Proctor. She was held in prison toward the end, but wasn't executed because she was pregnant. She was released and ended up living, but her husband ended up dying. Elizabeth was the one person who stayed true to her Puritan religion. (Shmoop Editorial Team). In reference to this site, she was always an innocent character the entire time. It was pretty much all one girls fault for her getting accused by lies just because she wanted her dead. She truly is the purest Puritan and stayed true to her religion throughout the whole book.

Historical Life of Elizabeth Proctor

Elizabeth Proctor eventually married John Proctor, who was at least 20 years older than her. He had been married two times before he married her, one being Rebecca Nurse. Together, they have six children. Elizabeth was capable of being blamed for witchcraft because in her family history, like her grandmother, were charged for witchcraft. To many people, she was suspected. Her servant at the time, Marry Warren, had been having numerous fits. One night she blamed Elizabeth saying that her spirit had woken her from sleep to torture her. During all of this, Mercy Lewis and Abigail Williams had also been accusing Elizabeth. Captain Jonathan Walcott and Lieutenant Natheniel Ingersoll accused her for witchcraft against Abigail, John Indian, Mary Wacott, Ann Putnam, and Mercy Lewis. She was sent to jail and then Mary told people that she tried making her sign the "Devil's Book". John stuck up for her and he was sent to jail too, as Elizabeth was sent to one in Boston. People filed petitions defending the Proctors saying they were innocent. Doctors examined Elizabeth and they found no marks that lead to witchcraft as well. They were later both meant to hang, but Elizabeth was pregnant with a boy, John after her husband, so she could not hang yet. Elizabeth's husband had been hanged as she remained in jail. As she was in jail for quite some time, hysteria went down and her sentence did not go through so she lived. Governor William Phips had ordered people within jail were to be freed. She had to be bailed out as well. After she was freed, she returned to nothing because her house and everything else along with it was taken while she was jailed. She did not exist legally anymore so she could not claim anything that was Johns either. She lived with her step children and her children. Elizabeth then got remarried to Daniel Richards in Lynn, Mass. Petitions were made for the wrongly accused, and Elizabeth was awarded 150 euros which was one of the highest payed. It is not known when she died. (Legends of America). In reference to the cite, she was a very different person than what was read in the book. There was a good chunk of her life that wasn't mentioned like her kids, all the reasons she was framed for witchcraft, the other people who were really involved, and after the death of her first husband John Proctor. Historically and presently, she was always an innocent Puritan.


Shmoop Editorial Team. "Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible." Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 20 Dec. 2013

Legends of America "Proctor Family of the Salem Witch Trials." Legends of America. Web. 20 Dec. 2013.