The Crucible – Essay Topics




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Mrs. Angell

English 11 Name: ______________________

The Crucible – Essay Topics

  1. Discuss the role that grudges and personal rivalries play in the witch trial hysteria.

  2. How do the witch trials empower individuals who were previously powerless?

  3. How does John Proctor's great dilemma change during the course of the play?

  4. Compare the roles that Elizabeth Proctor and Abigail Williams play in The Crucible.

  5. Why are Danforth, Hathorne, and the other authorities so resistant to believing the claim that Abigail and the other girls are lying?

  6. Analyze Reverend Parris. What are his motivations in supporting the witch trials?

  7. Discuss the changes that Reverend Hale undergoes in the course of the play.

  8. What is your perception of the girls' allegations in the play? Do they really believe in witchcraft or are they fabricating the events?

  9. Compare and contrast the characters of Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor.

  10. Discuss Miller's treatment of women in The Crucible.

  11. What is the function of Reverend Hale in the play?

  12. At the end of the play, John Proctor recovers his sense of goodness by tearing up the confession that would have saved his life. Given his character and the events which have led up to this moment, do you find this act believable? Fully explain your response.

  13. In The Crucible, Miller suggests that sacrifices may be necessary to restore the social order. Discuss the sacrifices made by the play's characters and whether you think they are necessary.

  14. How are the characters tested and brought down to their essence?

  15. How does The Crucible portray justice or injustice?

  16. Compare the character of Elizabeth Proctor to that of Mary Warren. What value systems does each represent?

  17. Discuss Elizabeth's reaction to John's infidelity. Is she being unreasonable?

  18. How are the "little crazy children jangling the keys of the kingdom"?

  19. What is Giles Corey's role in the play?

  20. Examine Elizabeth Proctor as a symbol of truth. How has her husband "paid for" this truthfulness?

  21. What motivates Elizabeth to lie? Is a good name more important than the truth?

  22. How is Mary Warren used by both sides? Does she have an individual identity?

  23. What is the role of gossip in the trials? How does Miller use gossip to implicate the whole town in the events of the witch trials?

  24. Are the judges evil? Be sure to define what you mean by "evil" in your answer.



Sample claims:


#2 In Arthur Miller’s ^ The Crucible, the witch trials empower individuals who were previously powerless by allowing them to accuse others, striking fear into the community, and by raising them above judgment.


#3 In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, John Proctor’s great dilemma changes during the course of the play from respected to dishonored because of lust.


#19 In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Giles Corey’s role in the play encompasses frustration, honesty, and justice.


#15 In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, injustice is portrayed through jealousy, greed, and revenge.

DUE DATE: _____________________

* Please include with delve-in and essay


^ THE CRUCIBLE ESSAY RUBRIC*


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POINTS

SELF-EVALUATION

TEACHER-EVALUATION

  1. Complete a delve-in for your essay topic.


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  1. Use the time given to work with your Reader Response Group to revise your delve-in for fluency.


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  1. Complete the essay

    • Write an introduction that includes your claim, which is found at the end of the paragraph.

    • Transition


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    • Use the idea for quote 1 to write a topic sentence for body paragraph 1.

    • Include quote 1 and analysis

    • Include another quote and analysis

    • Transition


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    • Use the idea for quote 2 to write a topic sentence for body paragraph 2

    • Include quote 2 and analysis

    • Include another quote and analysis

    • Transition



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    • Use the idea for quote 3 to write a topic sentence for body paragraph 3

    • Include quote 3 and analysis

    • Include another quote and analysis

    • Transition



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    • Write a conclusion

    • Add depth to your understanding of what is important for the reader to have learned by reading your essay.

    • Include your conclusionary sentence; modify it if need be.



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