Speech - Belonging
Good morning Meagan and fellow classmates. The interactions that individuals have with others and the world around them can be both enriching and limiting to their experience of belonging. Belonging is a major factor contributing to the human condition as it provides social security and acceptance however if an individual decides to limit their interactions, this may negatively affect their experience of belonging and may result in complications such as loneliness and hostility amongst the community. In Arthur Miller’s play ‘The Crucible’, individuals such as John Proctor and Abigail Williams are displayed interacting with other characters and the society of Salem which both enrich and limit their experience of belonging. Also portrayed in Bob Dylan’s song, ‘The Hurricane,’ individuals such as Rubin Carter and Bello and Bradley interact with others and the world around them in a way that both limits and enriches their experiences of belonging. Arthur Miller’s play ‘The Crucible’ was composed in the context of McCarthyism, using the subject matter of the Salem witch hunts to make comments about the communist witch hunts that occurred in the 1950s in America. ‘The Crucible’ explores the destruction of the Salem community caused by mass hysteria. The hysteria was ignited by a group of young girls who were powerless individually, yet as a group, had the power to control the court. This resulted with the death of 19 people including John Proctor and several other highly respected members of Salem. One of the characters whose interactions with others and the community of Salem enrich and limit her experience of belonging is the antagonist of the play, Abigail Williams. Abigail’s interactions within Salem are limited because of her age, gender and marital status. This greatly limits her experience of belonging. Abigail’s desire to replace Elizabeth Proctor and to belong to the adult generation is revealed when John Proctor states “she thinks to...
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