Critical Lens Essay
"The Difficulty In Life Is The Choice... The Wrong Way Always Seems The More Reasonable." In life we are all faced with difficult choices. We sometimes choose the easier choice because it is more convenient for us, rather than choosing the more difficult choice to insure a greater quality of life in itself. Two books that prove this is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and The Crucible by Arthur Miller. In these works the main characters are faced to make life changing decisions that will impact them for the rest of their lives. The Crucible is a story about a witch hunt in Salem, Massachusetts. John Proctor was a down-to-earth everyday Puritan farmer who was accused of being a witch and was given a critical choice to make, either deny it and go on living life, or to confess and be killed. The ironic thing about this situation is that every single person who was accused of being a witch was, in fact, not a witch whatsoever. However, this was a pivotal point in every accused person’s life. It was either the key to life or the key to death. John Proctor chose death. He wouldn’t allow himself to lie just so he could save his mortal body. He died with honor, standing up for truth. This reflects an important theme in Arthur Miller’s play. In order to uphold righteousness, we must be willing to give up things that are most dear to us. For John Proctor, this entailed his own life, not to mention his wife and children. Despite our loss, Miller suggests we benefit from sacrifice. In Proctor’s case, his and his family’s reputation remained intact. This relates to the quote because he chose death even though it meant leaving the things he loves most behind his family. In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, primary character, Lennie Small, makes awful decisions leading to deadly consequences. Lennie is a mentally challenged albeit lovable guy. He is frightfully bulk and as strong as an ox. He seems...
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