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The Crucible Final Essay
L. Cuevas
American Literature
Fall 2014


The conflict created when the will of an individual opposes the will of the majority is the recurring theme of many novels, plays, and essays. In The Crucible, select a character who is in opposition to his or her society. In a critical essay, analyze the conflict and discuss the moral and ethical implications for both the individual and the society. Do not summarize the plot or action. Focus on analysis and connect to your thesis statement.
  • Who is the individual and how does he or she oppose the majority?
  • What is the will (beliefs, morals, ideology) of the majority?
  • How does this create conflict?
  • What is the theme of the conflict?
  • In your analysis, make connections to what was going during Arthur Millerís time (McCarthyism, Hollywood Ten, Red Scare).

Write in standard essay format with an introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. Remember to include title, author, and thesis statement (TPR) in the introduction.
There is a 3 body paragraph minimum. Body paragraphs should include quotations from the text and analysis (put page numbers of quotations in parentheses embedded in the text after the sentence in which the quotation appears). Each body paragraph should have 2-3 significant quotes. Give your paper an original title. Must be in MLA format (double spaced, Times New Roman, size 12 font.)

ROUGH DRAFT DUE: October 3, Friday. Must have at least 3 paragraphs. Please bring a typed copy for peer editing in class. (20 points)

Due date: October 6, Monday. Must upload onto and turn in a hard copy in class. The deadline for is 7:00 am on 10/6. Late papers will not be accepted. 50 points in the Assessment category.
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