Discuss Quotes on the power of the society and power of the individual in 'The Crucible.'Discuss Quotes on the power of the society and power of the individual in 'The Crucible.'

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In my mind, I think that the power of society and the individual relates to how society controls the power or freedom of the individual.  Miller's drama sets up the conflict so that individuals have to end up choosing between exercising freedom to rise for what is true and meaningful or what constitutes political convenience.  In this light, the power of the individual is designed to either support an unjust society or define oneself against it.  The results are either knowingly support what is wrong or suffer the consequences for going against it.  An example of one side of this would be someone like Parris, who is worried about his own reputation, giving much in terms of weight to the power of society.  Another side of this would be, of course, John Proctor, who fully understands that his own name, the power of his own freedom, is more powerful and more meaningful than that of a society.

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