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The American Dream and The Crucible

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Transcript of The American Dream and The Crucible

The American Dream and The Crucible
What is the American Dream?
The equal opportunity, for men and women, to live a prosperous life by working hard.

Who created the American Dream?
-Puritans came to America during the 1600s.
-Escaped England and wanted to purify the church.
-Theocratic community
Evolution of the Dream
From 1600s to present day, the American Dream has changed dramatically and is interpreted differently.
The Dream in 2015
Is the American Dream valid?
While some say the American Dream exists, many don't. To gain wealth people work, some harder than others, making the idea unfair.
During the 1600s, the idea was simple; work hard, attain wealth.
Today, it has become loved and hated.
For many people it has brought them to America in search of a better life.
Unfortunately, the Dream has not been so promising for everyone.
While some people make millions, others work endless hours just to provide for a family.
Arthur Miller realizes that the concept is flawed, The Crucible
proves that equality cannot be attained in America or theocratic society.
Why is the concept dysfunctional?
-Equal opportunity is gone
The Crucible
-Puritan community
-John and Elizabeth work hard
-Abigail lies and manipulates
Despite the hard work that both John and Elizabeth did, they both ended up being prosecuted.
This goes against the promise of the American Dream, their hard work made them easy targets of the accusations.
Abigail Williams lies and manipulates her way out of trouble. Regardless of her poor actions, she avoids punishment and causes misery for the community.
Related Literature
Arthur Miller had an opinion on the American Dream, growing up in the country gave him insight. His play
The Crucible
does disprove the American dream, although
Death of a Salesman
is even more relatable. His play
Death of a Salesman
focuses on the protagonist who fails to support his sons with his sales job. The play shows that no matter how hard you work, the right amount of luck is required. Both plays show how fragile the American Dream is.
Resolution of
The Crucible
-John hung
-Elizabeth prosecuted
-People turn on each other
-Abigail walks free
-19 executed
-Hale resigns
The hardship was not exclusive to John and Elizabeth. The many townspeople who were less fortunate were accused and executed for witchcraft. Miller does this to furthermore represent the inequality of Salem.
Many people of Salem turned on their neighbors when they felt at risk of accusation. It is at this point we realize how delicate the society is.
After reading The Crucible, it becomes clear that the American Dream has, in fact, died. The Puritan utopia destroyed the town of Salem. The American Dream is nothing more than an idea which failed.
"We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law"(Miller 30).
"Now, sir, the government and central church demand of you the name of him who reported Mister Thomas Putnam a common murderer"(Miller 38).
" I never sold myself! I‘m a good girl—I—(Ann enters with Tituba.) I did drink of
the kettle!—She made me do it! She made Betty do it"(Miller 13).
" If the girl‘s a saint now, I think it is not easy to prove she‘s fraud, and the town
gone so silly"(Miller 17).
"My duty is to add what I may to the Godly
wisdom of the court"(Miller 25).
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