The complexity of Elizabeth as a character is introduced by Arthur Miller, who says she is deeply religious and highly principled. This is exemplified further by the actress Ruth Gemmell. She explores Elizabeth's role as a housewife, which is exemplified by a clip from the 1980 BBC Broadcast Archive. Elizabeth's perjury as she stands by her husband in court is then explored by actor Finbar Lynch.
- This clip is from:
- First broadcast:
- 28 January 2003
Could be used to introduce the concept of the trial to students. Students could discuss to what extent the relationship between John and Elizabeth is also a trial and what elements of their relationship are under trial eg trust and forgiveness.