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The Crucible- Justice

College Prep English 1, P5

Alexandra Boulware

on 7 November 2012

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Transcript of The Crucible- Justice

Justice The Crucible
By: Arthur Miller
Presented By: Alex Boulware What is Justice? Act 1 Act 2 "Charity, Proctor, charity. What I have heard in her favor, I will
not fear to testify in court. God, help me, I cannot judge her
guilty or innocent.-I know not. Only this consider: the world goes mad, and it profit nothing you should lay the cause of to the vengeance of a little girl." Reverend Hale Act 2, pg. 31 Definition The quality of being right; righteousness,
equitable, or more rightness: to uphold
the justice of a cause. MESSAGE When faced with life or death situations, it is easy to only want to save ourselves and drop the burden of our problems, onto the lives of others. " I never sold myself! I'm a good girl! I'm a proper girl!" {Mrs. Putnam enters with Tituba, and instantly Abigail points at Tituba.}
"She made me do it! She made Betty do it!" Abigail Williams Act 1, pg. 14 EXPLANATION When faced with this problem, Abigail becomes scared. Her worst fear shines through in these lines. She is afraid of being discovered. She is sensing that they are going to find out that she is lying about this whole thing unless she can think of something quick. The first thing that comes to mind is to blame someone who is an easy target and would be believable as an answer to the slow chaos beginning to spin. Through her acts, this shows how insecure and afraid Abigail is and she will do anything to protect herself, even if if means hurting others. MESSAGE Those who stand silent are no better than those
who rupture the lives of the innocent. EXPLANATION Through Hale's actions, he only creates a bigger problem. By remaining silent and dismissing the pleas of others, he is acting just as wrongly as those who are unfairly persecuting others. He doesn't bother trying to stop what he knows is clearly wrong around him; he chooses to remain silent in hopes someone else will step forward to take care of the problem. Act 3 MESSAGE We can easily be blinded through the actions of others. EXPLANATION The impact of Abigail's remark to Judge Danforth leaves such a big impact on him that he begins to feel guilty about questioning her. He is tricked into thinking there is no possible way that she would lie and deceive people the way some have claimed. Because of this, he dismisses the other testimonies presented and unfairly accuses them as working for the Devil, instead of clearly seeing what Abigail is doing to manipulate all of them. Abigail Williams: I have been hurt, Mr. Danforth; I have seen my blood runnin' out! I have been near to murdered everyday because I have done my duty of pointing out the Devil's people- and this is my reward? To be mistrusted, denied, and questioned like a- Danforth: Child, I do not mistrust you- Abigail Williams: Let you beware Mr. Danforth. Think you to be so mighty that the power of Hell may not turn your wits? Beware of it! Page.42 Act 4 MESSAGE Some of the toughest choices made are for the one's we love. EXPLANATION John Proctor shows how much he cares about his family and friend's well being. He knows the punishment for his actions and words, yet he is willing to die for his family and friends that he loves because he doesn't want them to have to carry his burdens. "Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul- leave my my name!" John Proctor pg. 57 While these are all protruding messages within this play.... One prevails above all.... Ignorance walks in the same light as unjustness. EXPLANATION Throughout the entire play injustice is seen; through unfair persecution to the taking of innocent lives. In almost all of the cases...ignorance played a role. The characters in this play were getting their ideas from what they had seen or from what they had heard from the mouths of others. They weren't really trying to find the answers to the problem; they were making quick accusations based purely on fear and because they needed something to make sense in a time when it seemed like there was none. Because of these actions, they only resulted in digging themselves into a bigger hole and ultimately hurting themselves. One message throughout continues to prevail... No one is perfect, but some still.... Modern World 2012 Elections MITT ROMNEY PAUL RYAN EXPLANATION Contrary to the message from Act 1, both Romney and Ryan have taken a different approach to the meaning of justice and responsibility. Instead of trying to find people to BLAME for the current United States' economic crisis, they have firmly stated that the only real person we can blame is OURSELVES. "We will lead. We will not blame others for the four years; we will take responsibility and fix this country's problems."- Ryan, Westlake debate 2012 DEMI LOVATO EXPLANATION Demi Lovato doesn't stand silent. She speaks out against bullying. Her mission is to let all young people know that they can make a difference in the lives of others, and that they are never alone. Through her encouraging words, she lets others know of her own story and impacts the lives of teens all over the world. The Hunger Games
(multimedia) JENNIFER LAWRENCE EXPLANATION Some of the most popular books, television shows, and movies today's audiences are drawn to, are heart-wrenching stories of hero's sacrificing everything for the one's they love. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, features just this. It's the story of young teenager Katniss Everdeen, sacrificing her life to provide a better life for her sister and mother. Incorporating such elements keep the story lines of media today moving, and fans rooting for the underdog until the very end. War and Combat EXPLANATION Since the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, brave young citizens have risked their lives to serve their country. They're stationed for months at a time in foreign countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, separated from their families. However, how are our actions justifiable? What makes it okay to take someone's life for something they probably weren't even involved in? We have a reason to be angry, but we as a country are so blinded by our anger towards the attack placed on us, that we are performing actions just as horrible as theirs. LANCE ARMSTRONG EXPLANATION Lance Armstrong was put on trial for blood doping. However, the court made a quick decision in trying him for this, when they weren't fully aware as to what was going on. Armstrong finally surrendered to court and was stripped of all seven Tour de France titles. Armstrong became fed-up and tired of trying to clear his name so he gave in to finally end it. It all comes down to the court not knowing enough about the case and forcing Armstrong to make this decision.
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