What are your initial thoughts on the philosophy of the Enlightenment or "Age of Reason"?
Ten Questions to Ask Yourself before Turning in your final Crucible Essay:
1. How does this sound when I read it out loud? Do I use the passive voice, repetitive phrase, etc?
2. Do I have the correct MLA Format heading?
Subject (English II Honors)
3. Do I have a title which is a phrase, not a single word? (Subtitle is optional.)
4. Does my introduction paragraph avoid beginning with an "8th grade" opening line?
5. Does my introduction paragraph end with my thesis statement? Is that thesis clear?
6. Do my body paragraphs begin and end with some kind of topic sentence?
7. Does my conclusion answer the question, "So What?"
8. Do I introduce and explain all 8 of my quotations?
9. Did I include a secondary source, using with at least two quotations?
10. Did I add a works cited page with The Crucible and my secondary sources? See www.easybib.com...
The division between the Left and Right brain isn't absolute; it's not like one half of your brain is literally devoted to Analysis and the other to Creativity. It's more of a symbolic distinction based on the fact that there are analysis-oriented structures on the left side and creativity-oriented structures on the right side. So while the difference wouldn't be taken seriously in a neurobiology class, it's useful for us as we analyze the Enlightenment vs. the Romantic view.
So to begin, take this Left/Right brain dominance quiz:
Which way do you typically use your brain?
Post your results below in the comments. Add a little discussion of whether you think your results really capture the way you think and feel. Also, do you feel that your style of thought is respected and valued within our culture and school system?
So, what did you think of the ending? In paticular, did you
supoort the choice made by Proctor and Rebecca?
What did you make of Elizabeth and Hale's reactions?
Did everyone get what they deserve? Think of the ending blurb, "Echoes Down the Corridor," and the information it provides about Parris, Abigail, and the theocratic system.
Finally, what are you going to write about in your papers??
Post your thoughts and reply to two classmates.
At the climax of The Crucible, Arthur Miller inserts Friedrich Nietzsche's famous and controversial statement, "GOD IS DEAD," into John Proctor's mouth. Obviously, someone as well-read as Miller means this as an intentional reference. Literary scholars call the intersection of two different texts (here, Nietzsche's and Miller's) INTERTEXTUALITY, the "shaping" of one text by another that pairs up with it. So my question for you is, what is Miller trying to do by establishing an intertextual connection between his work and Nietzsche's philosophy? How does the Nietzsche reference "shape" our interpretation of Miller's play, of scapegoating, of Proctor's rebellion against conformity, or of the Witch Trials and Red Scare themselves? Is there a message for modern society in there?
Post your thoughts here BEFORE we read act III and see how Miller uses the line. Think about how it MIGHT to connect to what we have ALREADY seen in Salem, especially the end of Act II.
Nietzsche's Text: The Madman (read first):
On Nietzsche's statement (read, with optional links):
Philosopher Simon Critchley's Interpretation (brief video):
Interesting Link - controversy based on The Crucible (optional):
Mr. Justin Biggs