The Crucible: A Literary Analysis
Pick one of the following essay topics, and write a thorough, well-developed essay (1.5 -2 pages). Pay attention to the following REQUIREMENTS: NOTES:
*You must have a well-written thesis (see attached handout)
*You must adhere to all Parkview composition standards
*You MUST follow the rubric so as not to miss points on required elements -Avoid 1st and 2nd person (I, me , my / you, your)
-Avoid comma splices
-Avoid semi-colon errors
-Avoid citation errors : (Miller 65)
-Avoid writing in past tense: i.e. “Abigail is wicked.” NOT “Abigail was wicked.” -Avoid contractions (don’t, he’ll, he’s, wouldn’t, etc.) -Avoid PHS Composition errors
1. The Crucible is not so much a dramatization of “witch hunting” as it is an illumination of human weakness, hypocrisy, and vindictiveness. Examine the play for all three elements, providing solid support from the text.
2. Explain how The Crucible not only attacks the weaknesses of Puritanism, yet also highlights some of its finest strengths and values in the lives of individual characters.
3. The play uses the “trial” situation as a dominant metaphor for the action of the entire play. Discuss various “trials” dramatized in the play, noting the appropriateness of this metaphor to the overall work.
4. Much of the force of the play derives from irony, or a pointed discrepancy between appearance and reality. Identify at least three instances of irony in the play, and explain how each contributes to the overall effectiveness of the drama.
5. Among the many subjects explored in The Crucible are guilt, hypocrisy, the nature of authority, courage, justice, and hysteria. What is the single most important subject in the play? (You may choose one not on this list, as well.) Support your choice with specific reasons and references to the text.
6. A dynamic character is one who changes significantly as a...
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