How does The Crucible reflect Transcendentalist ideas?
I had to pare down the question a bit. I think that Miller’s work does possess some direct Transcendentalist ideas. The most dominant of which is the idea that conformist and traditional social or religious orders might not possess the “right path.” Even before his railing against Abigail, Proctor confesses to Hale that he and Abigail really do not trust Parris and his leadership of the formal institution of the church. Certainly this is reminiscent of the Transcendentalist call for individuals to find their own sense of spiritual identity away from that which is established or accepted as “truth.” Locating the seat of...
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