THE CRUCIBLE ESSAY
‘The Crucible’ written by Arthur Miller and my related material ‘Happy Feet’ by George Miller is true to this statement “Understanding nourishes belonging…a lack of understanding prevents it” that represents the interpretation of belonging. To define belong is to have the correct personal and social assets to be a member of a particular group or it could be to fit a particular environment. By a sense of place, people you meet, and context and environment can affect belonging. The place that affects belonging in ‘The Crucible’ is set in Salem Massachusetts, USA, in 1692. What arises in this specific setting is only a theocracy based on a very literal Christianity. By changing the setting of ‘The Crucible’ it wouldn’t have the same meaning, for that reason the events that occurred in Salem in 1692. The Crucible Characters John Proctor, Abigail Williams and Mary warren will provide support to my claims. Belonging can be influenced by the character’s own circumstances. For instance Abigail Williams is in a situation where she longed to belong to the adult world - especially in John Proctor’s arms once more. This is due to the fact that she is in the pre-teen stage and how throughout the play adults kept strengthen the border line between a child and adult. Furthermore realise how in the beginning Abigail is very intimidating and headstrong character due to the fact that she led a group of girls and threatens all who oppose and those who stood in her way. This comes to show that she wants to prove that she is a grownup - one with power in town much like some adults in this play like, Reverend Parris, The Judge and John Proctor. John Proctor, A man who has not put a high priority on ‘belonging’ in his life. Proctor doesn’t belong in his own family due to his affair with Elizabeth’s assistant, Abigail Williams which had a negative influence on his relationship with his wife, Elizabeth Proctor. Proctor (Page 55 Act 2) “Spare me! Your forget nothin’ and forgive nothin’”. Mary Warren, Like Abigail Williams, she does not have status or rights in adult society in Salem. To belong she has to conform and obey the rules. Warren belonged to a sub-culture but was known as an ‘outer member’. She finally triumphed belonging by belonging with the court and Abigail’s group. Mary chooses to belong to the court and Abigail’s group to accuse John Proctor of being evil. Mary’s statement (Page 104 Act 3) “I’ll not hang with you! I love God, I love God” this captures Mary’s decision to belong with Abigail rather than with John Proctor. Arthur Miller’s play is reflected upon the events of the Salem Witch hunt and the McCarthyism and acknowledged the similarities between the two experiences. In the society of each event was operating on the basis of fear, overdo of threats by denying individuals their normal rights. By naming the suspects people are rewarded and those accused can only avoid judgment is to confess. In these circumstances it’s impossible to be honest and fear would overcome the society. As mentioned earlier in the Crucible’s setting, Happy Feet was able to convey the idea of belonging being swayed throughout the film by context. The setting of [Happy Feet] the movie was inspired by the current global warming Antarctica landscape state which was famous for its large population of emperor penguins. Throughout the introduction of the film, the film had constantly reminded their audience that togetherness is everything for the emperor penguin’s survival of the harsh icy land. Thus audience reflect on their binding bonds to personal level. For instance, Happy Feet had depicted a colony of penguins which strong faith in the “Great Gwen who put songs in our hearts, and fish in their bellies’ during the tradition of the fathers huddling together to survive the icy blast of the endless Antarctica night. In the film as well as real life, father penguins endure the...
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