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Character Personalities in The Crucible by Arthur MillerHi there I want to explore the...

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ripe-old-pumpkin | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM via web

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Character Personalities in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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I want to explore the different personalities within The Crucible and could really use some help!!

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM (Answer #2)

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What strikes me is that everyone is so stubborn. The problems are caused by people who want to force others into thinking like they do, and singling out groups based on that. This is also where the parallels to McCarthyism come in for me.
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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM (Answer #3)

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What about writing about John Proctor.  Why does he allow himself to be killed?  Is he motivated by selfishness or is he acting based on principle?  What sort of a personality drives a person to allow himself to be killed rather than to tell a lie?

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM (Answer #4)

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The "group mentality" of the young ladies is not surprising, except for its consequences. The willingness to go along with an impossible story - to accept rumor and fancy as fact - is characteristic of the personality of "the mob".

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 29, 2012 at 8:21 AM (Answer #5)

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When I first read the play, I, too, was surprised by the mob mentality of the girls and the community. One suggestion would be to look at the people who remain good over the course of the play. Given that not many characters do, you could contrast their behavior with those who are not "good."

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litlady33 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted February 29, 2012 at 8:48 AM (Answer #6)

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It would be interesting to look at the two Reverends and explore how different they are. Parris is worried about reputation and will do anything to be sure his reputation is kept intact, including convincing himself that witchcraft is occurring. Reverend Hale, on the other hand, intitially believes in the witchcraft because he has studied it and truly believes it is happening, but when he sees the truth he admits to it and, putting his pride aside, tries to convince people to do what he knows is right.

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