The following paper topics are based on the entire play. Following each topic is a thesis and sample outline. Use these as a starting point for your paper.
- Topic #1
One of the most prominent themes in The Crucible is the importance of a good name. Analyze what a good name means to several of the characters, using specific examples to support your conclusions.
I. Thesis Statement: One central motif of The Crucible is the importance of a good name. The meaning of a good name to John Proctor at the end of the play, however, is vastly different from the good name that Reverend Parris seeks.
II. A good name as pride and reputation
A. Reverend Parris
B. Judge Danforth
III. A good name as goodness
A. Rebecca Nurse
B. Elizabeth Proctor
IV. A good name as individuality and moral integrity
A. John Proctor
B. Reverend Hale
V. The naming of names
- Topic #2
The Crucible is vitally concerned with the presentation of truth. Show how truth is portrayed in the play and how various characters show their true natures.
I. Thesis Statement: The judges of Salem are not concerned with seeking the truth and...
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