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Assuming the perspective of one of the characters in the play, write a letter to the...

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bycfly | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM via web

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Assuming the perspective of one of the characters in the play, write a letter to the Governor of Massachusetts either demanding an immediate halt of the trials, or insisting that the trials continue until the devil has fled Salem.

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM (Answer #1)

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This should be a fairly fun letter to write.  I think that you can get some good insight here as you put it together.  I think that the easiest way to approach this would be to write the letter from the point of view of one of the characters that would be demanding an end to the trials.  The case for an immediate halt to the trials would be fairly direct to create once it becomes clear that Abigail has fled Salem with Parris' money.  I think that the trajectory of the drama leads it to making a letter that calls for a halt to the trials much more a simpler task.  From this, your letter could call to reject the sentences of death, and in doing so, a letter from Elizabeth or Francis Nurse would make much sense.  For each of these characters, seeing their loved ones suffer under the sentence of death for a trial that is fraudulent could help to create a rather compelling letter.  They could bring out how the charges against their beloveds were not valid and Abigail's disappearance as well as the rebellions in Andover all help to fill the narrative that the trials and their sentences must be halted in the name of justice and even in Christian goodness.  I think that this might be an approach that could be taken.  I think that taking this from the point of view of Francis Nurse in the hopes of saving his wife or Elizabeth in the hopes of saving her husband would help to make a very persuasive letter.  Their motivations end up becoming the most logical feelings of the reader or audience towards the end of the drama.

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