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Critical Lens – Cheat sheet!

Your task: to write a Critical Lens essay using TWO of the characters from The Crucible.

First, let’s review the task of the critical lens:
Write a critical essay in which you discuss two works of literature you have read from the particular perspective of the statement that is provided for you in the Critical Lens. In your essay, provide a valid interpretation of the statement, agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it, and support your opinion using specific references to appropriate literary elements from the two works.

Be sure to
• Provide a valid interpretation of the critical lens that clearly establishes the criteria for analysis
• Indicate whether you agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it • Choose two works you have read that you believe best support your opinion • Use the criteria suggested by the critical lens to analyze the works you have chosen • Avoid plot summary. Instead, use specific references to appropriate literary elements (for example: theme, characterization, setting, point of view) to develop your analysis

• Organize your ideas in a unified and coherent manner
• Specify the titles and authors of the literature you choose • Follow the conventions of standard written English

Your choice of quotes – choose ONE (note: this is a gift! On the Regents you will ONLY be given one quote!):

“The difficulty in life is the choice…”
—George Moore The Bending of the Bough, 1900

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
Strength to Love, 1963

“I like flawed characters because somewhere in them I see more of the truth.” — Nicolas Cage, as quoted in
“His Truth is Out There” from Los Angeles Times,November 12, 2000

BEFORE you decide on your quote and your two characters, help yourself and your classmates by...
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