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English 11 AA Day 20: The Crucible Act 2 Analysis. Group Characterization. Character Review. Socratic Seminar and Discussion. Writing Practice.
Transcript of English 11 AA Day 20: The Crucible Act 2 Analysis. Group Characterization. Character Review. Socratic Seminar and Discussion. Writing Practice.
View the interaction between John Proctor and Abigail Williams. Based on her speech (the things she says) and he actions (the things she does), answer the following:
Based on her speech and actions, is Abigail a
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The 9 Arguments for The Crucible
1. Confessing to a crime you didn’t commit in order to avoid punishment is wise.
9. Beliefs in opposition to common values should be illegal.
8. A person is innocent until proven guilty.
7. Courage means doing something even though it can be difficult and fearsome.
6. It’s more difficult to forgive yourself if the person you have hurt doesn’t forgive you.
5. That which doesn’t destroy us only makes us stronger.
4. There is only one correct way to interpret the Bible.
3. It is better to die for what you believe in rather than to lie to save your life.
2. The difference between right and wrong is clear.
Again, your focus is to try to examine how that argument exists in the story. A good idea would be to examine how that argument is presented through the actions of the characters. Your overall goal is to provide your opinion, supported by facts from the story.
Breaking down the characters
At this point we have had several characters who play an integral role in the story.
-Religious leader of Salem
-Father to Betty
-Uncle to Abigail Williams
"Abigail, I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me, and now, just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish, you compromise my very character."-Act 1
-Niece to Reverend Paris
-Tried to cast a spell to kill John Proctor's wife, Elizabeth.
-Had an illicit affair with John Proctor
-Ring-leader of the girls who practiced witchcraft
"I look for John Proctor that took from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men! And now you bid me tear the light out of my eyes? I will not, I cannot! You love me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!"
-Called to Salem to discover if witches are real.
-Determines that Salem is afflicted by the devil and witchcraft, setting the stage for the witch hunt and trials.
"I am a stranger here, as you know. And in my ignorance I find it hard to draw a clear opinion of them that are accused before the court."
"I should have roared you down when you first told me your suspicion. But I wilted, and, like a Christian, I confessed. Confessed! Some dream I had must have taken you for God that day. But you're not, you're not, and let you remember it. Let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge me not."
-Husband to Elizabeth
-Paranoid about the people of Salem turning against him.
-Dislikes John Proctor
-Dislikes Reverend Parris and Mr. Putnam.
-Had an illicit affair with Abigail
-Father of 3 kids
-Wife to John Proctor
-Does not believe in witches or witchcraft
-Has not fully forgiven John for his affair
"I cannot think the Devil may own a woman's soul, Mr. Hale, when she keeps an upright way, as I have. I am a god, woman, I know it: and if you believe I may do only good work in the world, and yet be secretly bound to Satan, then I must tell you, sir, I do not believe it.
-Dislikes John Proctor
-Desires to take over more land from those he does not like
-Hates the poor in Salem
"How may we blame ourselves? I am one of nine sons; the Putnam seed have people this province. And yet I have but one child left of eight--and now she shrivels!"
Read, Write, Discuss:
Based on what we have read in Act 2, is Elizabeth Proctor a good or bad wife? Respond with specific examples from the text for support.
-Suspects witchcraft is behind her loss of children.
-Bitter at Rebecca Nurse, who has never lost any children.
-Wife to Thomas Putnam
-Lost all but one child
"You think it God's work you should never lose a child, nor a grandchild either, and I bury all but one? There are wheels within wheels in this village, and fires within fires!"
-Does not believe that Salem is afflicted by the Devil or witchcraft.
-Kind, elderly woman
"There is prodigious danger in the seeking of loose spirits. I fear it, I fear it. Let us rather blame ourselves..."
In your groups, do the following...
1. Find 3 specific quotes which help us understand the character's personality.
2. Write the quote on the chart paper, and give the page number and Act to where the quote came from.
3. Explain what the quote tells us about that person. What does it say about his/her personality?
4. Based on the quotes your group has located, explain WHY you think that character is the way they are.
5. Be prepared to share your group's examples!
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