A Sense of Belonging through Connections in the Crucible and Luke's Way of Looking

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Belonging and empowerment emerge from the individual through developing a personal and communal relationship with those around them. Helen Keller emphasises this in her statement “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Portraying the idea that power may arise from a sense of belonging and conversely vulnerability from a lack of belonging. This notion of belonging, the successful connections, created by individuals and communities are explored in the play “The Crucible,” by Arthur Miller, and “Luke’s way of Looking” by Nadia Wheatley and Matt Ottley. Both texts suggest that a sense of belonging arise through personal and communal connections and result in empowerment. Thus failing to connect condemns one to not belonging, with consequences of alienation, victimisation and loss of power.

A sense of belonging and empowerment arises through developing personal and communal relationships. This is evident in the dramatic tragedy “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller. The Crucible was published in 1953 during the period of McCarthyism, a time of paranoia and fear of communism. Drawing a parallel to the contextual concerns of his time, Miller wrote allegorically about the Salem Witch Trials. Miller illuminates how fear leads to a lack of connections between people, causing marginalisation of individuals. This notion is effectively explored by Miller’s Crucible, through the characterisation of the antagonist Abigail, the powerless servant and niece of Parris.

Driven by a sense of fear Abigail instinctively seeks to form relationships with those around her. Throughout the play she develops a communal connection with the other teen servant girls through engaging in a series of rituals. Connections are made between the girls and Abigail, developing their sense of belonging. This is evident in Act Three through the constant repetition of Mary’s dialogue, as they are echoed by the girls, “They’re sporting. They-“ “They‘re Sporting.” The use of this repetition,...
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