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English III Name_______________________________________ 13 February 2013


Final Essay:



The Crucible

On Friday, 15 February, you will write an essay in class as a final assessment on The Crucible. To prepare for this assignment, you may bring in a one-page sheet with notes to prepare for this assignment. This sheet will aid in the creation of an essay of your choosing from one of the topics below:




  1. Analyze the theme of hysteria as it is developed in the play. Develop your thesis with references to the relationship of the theme to Abigail, Tituba, and Mary Warren. Remember, this is not about people being hysterical, it is about hysteria. Be sure you understand the difference if you choose this prompt.


How to write a thesis that forms a unique judgment:

Your thesis will make a unique statement about what specific point Arthur Miller is making about



hysteria through these three characters.


  1. Analyze the theme of hypocrisy as it is developed in the play. Make sure you develop your thesis with

references to at least three specific examples that demonstrate hypocrisy in a similar way so that you

have something analytical to say about this one-word theme. (Remember, we are looking for what

point Miller is making about hypocrisy.)
How to write a thesis that forms a unique judgment:

Your thesis will make a unique statement about what specific point Miller is making about



hypocrisy through these characters, actions or examples.


  1. Consider the essential question: how does literature shape or reflect society? A classic theme of literature in general—and of The Crucible in particular—is the conflict that can arise between a person's individual ideals and principles on the one hand and the expectations of society on the other. In an essay, discuss this theme as it applies to two major characters in The Crucible. Support your answer with details from the play. You may also incorporate ideas from Miller’s article “Why I wrote The Crucible.”


How to write a thesis that forms a unique judgment:

Your thesis will make a unique statement about what specific point Miller is making about the actions

of individuals when their ideals are in conflict with society’s expectations.
Preparation


  • Write your thesis!

  • Select a minimum of three ideas that support your thesis.

  • Select a quote from the play or one of the articles we read to support your thesis. You must use one quotation from the text to support EACH of your main ideas.

  • Remember to follow quotation format. Cite the page number after the last name of the author, and at the end of the sentence, in parenthesis, with the period OUTSIDE of the parenthesis: (author #). See the example below:

Because of this, when he was asked if he was a witch, “he would

not answer aye or nay” because if he said no “they’d hang him



surely, and auction out his property” (Miller 123).
If you are using a quote from one of the online articles, write the article name, author, and page number (“Why I Wrote the Crucible”, Miller ).

  • You may use one sheet 8 1/2 x 11” page of paper (one side) to prepare and/plan for these essay questions.

  • Do not write out your responses in paragraph form. Instead, write your thesis statement, the topic sentences of each body paragraph, and the quotations that you will use.



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