The Myth of the Melting Pot

Topics: The Crucible, Salem witch trials, Christianity Pages: 2 (551 words) Published: January 16, 2014
Early on in American culture, Americans developed this idea of a “Melting Pot” where all races and cultures would blend into one, perfect, society. This proposed ideal led to the implement of “Natural Superiority” or a social pyramid in society. In many cases people assume that their race, religion, or way of life is correct and anything else is wrong.

One example of this is in “The Man to Send the Rain Clouds.” The Laguna tribe had to hide the fact that their relative, Teofilo, had died. “Thank God for that. Teofilo is a very old man.” “No he won’t be doing that anymore now.” “Well, I’m glad you understand. I hope I’ll be seeing you at mass this week – we missed you last Sunday. See if you can get old Teofilo to come with you.” (Silko 50) They thought that if the Pastor found out that he was dead he would try to give Teofilo a Christian funeral and burial service.

Another example of this is also in “The Man to Send the Rain Clouds.” Leon, a member of the Laguna tribe was asking Father Paul if he could sprinkle holy water over Teofilo’s grave. The priest declined because it was against his religion. “You know I can’t do that, Leon. There should have been the Last Rites or a funeral mass at least.” (Silko 52) Father Paul did not want to sprinkle the holy water because, normally, he only does that when there has been a full “Christian funeral.”

Then, in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” the preacher, John Edwards is saying that everyone who doesn’t follow puritan ways is going to hell. “Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering.” (Edwards 154) John thinks that his religion is superior and every person who doesn’t follow his ways or who has ever “sinned” without confessing has a guaranteed spot for them in hell.

An excerpt from Act 1 of the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller depicts a slave, Tituba being accused of witchcraft in 17th Century Salem. “Abigail: She sends her spirit on me in church; she makes me laugh at...

Cited: Silko, Leslie Marmon. The Man to Send Rain Clouds. New York: Viking, 1974. Print.
Edwards, Jonathan. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Pub., 1998. Print.
Miller, Arthur. "Act 1." The Crucible. New York: Viking, 1953. N. pag. Print.
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