Belonging the Crucible

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Our willingness to change our identity in order to fit in with the community continues to intrigue the human psyche. This notion affiliates with our desperation to retain our sense of belonging with, which we desire unquestionably. The effect culture and societal attitudes have on our freedom to belong or not to belong are exemplified in our core text: “The crucible” written by Arthur Miller, the 2005 film “Good night and good luck” directed by George Clooney and the 1930s novel “To kill a mockingbird” written by Harper Lee. These texts portray how social attitudes and cultural beliefs conflict with our relationships and our ability or inability to belong to a community. Arthur Miller wrote “The crucible” to shed light onto the proliferation of McCarthyism in the 1950s. Miller himself was investigated and risked his own social belonging by writing the play. However it was his own self conscience which led him to expressing his disdain on McCarthy’s ‘communist witch hunts.’ Miller was able to convey this by juxtaposing this issue to the 1692 Salem witch hunts in which many innocent men and women were killed over what we see today as superstitious motives. Therefore the audience is able to correlate between the two contexts and realize the immorality behind McCarthyism. The notion that the exclusion can enhance our sense of belonging is demonstrated in ‘The crucible’ when Abigail and the girls are accused of dancing. This is an unacceptable practice as it is forbidden by the bible and everyone in the community conforms to the bible. Therefore religion is can be considered an agent of belonging, but when the rules are breached, it becomes a barrier and the suspect is not only physically punished but psychologically as they are ostracized from the community. The girls, driven by their repression from society gain power by deceiving those with authority; the judges and courts. They are no longer perceived as inferiors but are now looked upon with apprehension by the...
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