A role model should be a manifestation of all the qualities that an individual aspires to have. It is the archetype of social structure that in everyday life there is a lack of these role models, as our society and past societies have programmed the youth thereof to forget to look for said role models. The general public is under the delusion that role models do not exist. In turn, the inability to look for guidance leaves them like sheep without a shepherd or children without parents. A preponderance of the population makes their own decisions based upon an innate sense of right and wrong. Those who do not value that method of settlement, cannot be considered to be a role model. Upon looking for a role model or figurehead for guidance, there are three qualities which one must possess: the ability to recognize one's faults and errors; the aptness to realize the time to ask for assistance or relinquish control; the enlightenment to recognize a one's relationship with one's god/s. In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the community of Salem is adamant about the truth of the wicked lies told by the malifiscent Abigail and her corroborators to eliminate those who oppose her mischief. Rebecca, a God-fearing woman of considerable age, whose wisdom is beyond her years and love is a citadel to protect it. However, because she is so "perfect," one as carnal and lascivious and libidinous as myself might find trouble relating to her. John Proctor is closer to my level, but my adoration of religion and unselfish motives puts him out of mind. Elizabeth Proctor is the ray of hope that shines through Salem's opened-Pandora's box where an individual will give up their heart and soul without expecting a meed in return thereby masterfully embodying the ultimate role model.
Elizabeth is an individual who is willing to recognize the error of her ways and account for them when she forgives John. She apologizes with "I have sins of my own to count. It needs a cold wife to prompt lechery," when he asks her how he should plead to the charges brought against him. Throughout the play, Elizabeth was an incredible woman that made many changes. She becomes a trusting and forgiving individual who takes considerable compassion to forgive and admit her fault in his stray from her. She forgives John on the grounds of his remorse for the wrongdoing done against her. It is obvious that she disemvowes her hatred and embittement for John when she says, "Whatever you do, it is a good man does it." In addition to seeing how she went wrong in the past, she is willing to atone for her actions of not performing her duty as a love slave to her husband by trying to be a better lover when they get naked and tussle on the table. Her love for John exceeds the natural boundaries when she corroborates this fact with her forgiveness and acceptance of responsibility for John's actions.
Elizabeth yields her power to the highest of all when she realizes that circumstances are irrefutably out of her hands. "As you will, I would have it," consecrated John's decision to confess. At this point she knows that the power is in her hands not only because he asks her for advice in his confused state of mind, but also he asks for her approval. Elizabeth could simply draw from her past contempt for John, and impress her opinion upon him, whatever that might be. This would prove to be a task accomplished easily considering her history of speaking her mind, although she holds her tongue because she knows that there is nothing that may be said to provide help and that the power belongs somewhere else. When this choice is made, in essence she is giving up all her desires and hopes; her children's future, the man she loves, and any aspiration to ameliorate her life as a whole since her other half will soon die before her eyes. This heroic deed is a decision made with selfless attitude and is second only to Proctor himself. In this part of her life, she took the dutifully renewed role of the wife in till death did they part.