SSO om The Crucible og hekseprocesserne i Salem | Engelsk B

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SSO om The Crucible og hekseprocesserne i Salem | Engelsk B

Denne opgave er en SSO om hekseprocesserne i Salem og skuespillet "The Crucible" af Arthur Miller. Opgaven er skrevet på engelsk.

Hvordan skildrer Arthur Millers skuespil "The Crucible" heksejagt i USAs fortid og (måske) i forfatterens samtid?

Efter en kort redegørelse for heksejagten og hekseprocesserne i området Salem i den amerikanske stat Massachusetts, ønskes en analyse og fortolkning af Arthur Millers skuespil "The Crucible" (1953). Særlig vægt lægges på karakterene John og Elizabeth Proctors udvikling i stykket.
Desuden ønskes en vurdering af, hvordan "The Crucible også kan ses som en kritik af McCarthyismen i 1950erne i USA.

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Der findes småfejl som blev overset, herunder acceptable grammatikfejl og strukturelle uoverensstemmelser, men mindstekravet på en SSO-opgave er 10 sider, og man kan argumentere imod min afleverings gyldighed, da den principielt set kun fylder 9½ sider.


Introduction to Puritanism and its Origins
Summary and Explanation of the Salem Witch Trials
Analysis and Interpretation of The Crucible
The Title
The Themes
Good and Evil
Compassion and Forgiveness
Morality and Integrity
The Time Period and Environment
Analysis of Selected Characters
John Proctor
Elizabeth Proctor
The Integrity and Compassion of John and Elizabeth Proctor
Discussion of The Crucible as a critique of McCarthyism
McCarthyism and the Red Scare
The Crucible and McCarthyism
Unsubstantiated Claims and Spectral Evidence
Fear of Suspicion and Judgment
Arthur Miller: The “Un-American”?
Books and Articles


Introduction to the Essay
For all intents and purposes, this essay seeks to summarize the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, to analyze and interpret The Crucible with a primary focus on the book's main characters, John and Elizabeth Proctor, as well as to discuss the potency of Arthur Miller's play as an indirect critique of McCarthyism in 1950's USA, and finally, to reach a conclusion based on the discussion and background knowledge presented before it.

Introduction to Puritanism and its Origins
In the late 16th century, the rise of Puritanism was at its utmost prominent stage, although still young. This religious reform movement was started by a group of devout Christians in England, who thought that the level of dedication and piousness of the current English Christian community was much too unsubstantial in its devotion to God. Initially, the term ‘Puritan' was a name used by people opposed to the concept of Puritanism as a spiteful means of addressing the members of the aforementioned religious reform movement . However, this term was later adopted as a personal identifier by the members, themselves, which likely led to the term's survival to this day. Some of these religious devotees thought it necessary to move away from the religious heedlessness in England, and chose to immigrate to the New World, a nation not officially addressed as the United States of America until the Declaration of Independence of 1776 . This group of colonists that left behind their nation helped in the founding of New England. A large portion of the Puritans who left for the United States, settled in Salem, Massachusetts, a town in which tragic events would lead to the negative sound the term Puritanism carries today.
However, before the events, and details thereof, that transpired in Salem, Massachusetts can be fully understood, it is necessary to first take a look at the past. In Dr. Francis J. Bremer's Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction, it becomes apparent that Puritanism was not initially a distinct faith, but in fact a Christian reform movement. As earlier mentioned, they distanced themselves from the religious heedlessness, and thought a reformation was necessary. The people who were part of this movement sought to reform the English church, or to purify it, in a sense. They were the epitome of religious devotion, and aimed to turn their society, and the communities immediately around them, into parts of the kingdom of God. A popular belief amongst the Puritans was the conviction that they were chosen by the aforementioned deity to spread His word to everyone around them, with the goal to further humanity's connection with Him. Unfortunately, as a result of their high ethical and religious standards, they were eventually seen as mere prudes by the general public of England, and finally felt pressured into moving elsewhere, which is what led them to the New World. As previously mentioned, a large portion of the Puritans settled in Salem, Massachusetts. The gruesome events that occurred here in the time of the Puritans are popularly referred to as the Salem Witch Trials... Køb adgang for at læse mere

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