The Crucible Reading Play Notes - ADD QUOTES Skills...

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ADD QUOTES Skills & Performances RL1 : While reading, compose questions & connections *In this section you must ask INSIGHTFUL questions and make DEEP connections — go beyond the surface of the text. When reading this novel, a question I found myself thinking over is: why were the townspeople so quick to believe any accusations towards someone being a witch —how did it get so far as killing people because a different person or persons believed they were pursuing a relationship with the devil? These people had minimal evidence about these accusations, they took a woman’s word about a dream she had. How could they believe a dream, which could have—and most definitely was—pure imagination. “ABIGAIL: Don’t lie! To Hale: She comes to me while I sleep; she’s always making me dream corruptions!” (Act 1, p. 41) In today’s reality, people would ridicule a person with authority if they used a person’s dreams as motive to take another person’s life. A potential answer to my question is that the townspeople were scared and influenced by those amongst them. After one person cries witch and another believes it’s a possibility, others start believing as well. Mass hysteria clouded that Puritan community and made not one, but a collective number of God fearing people believe they should take matters into their own hands and put all “potential witches” on trial. RL2 : Identify at least 2 motifs or theories that indicate the text’s meaning, & track them from beginning to end *In this section, you should discuss literary theories (the transition from innocence to experience, feminism, cultural theory, Marxism, ecocriticism, postmodernism etc.), or themes or patterns that impact the MEANING of the novel. Misinterpreting the Bible is a main theme that occurs in The Crucible, from the beginning of the play up until the very end. Belief of people within the Puritan community practicing witchcraft caused deceit and false accusations to build up in their towns. Puritans, like most religions, looked towards a Bible for guidance in order to live a righteous way. A Bible verse that is looked into when discussing the Salem witch trials reads, “suffer not a witch to live.” And a significant amount of these townspeople either believe the twist in the Bible’s words or choose to follow the bandwagon to ensure their safety, in this quote for example, “PROCTOR: ...the Bible speaks of witches, and I will not deny them” (Act 2, p. 277-292). While reading, The Crucible , one can take away that in this play and in past events people can either take Bible verses out of context or reconstruct into something rash. Mass Hysteria is
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