How Does The Crucible, The Pursuit Of Happiness and the song "Numb" by Linkin Park link to the free verse novel The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick?

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First, I see obvious similarities between “Numb” and The Crucible . Conformity, religious dogma and stubborn tradition rule Salem. There is no room for thinking outside the box or any kind of individualism in a town so strictly governed by mindless adherence to their (hypocritical) religious ways. This loss of individuality is analogous to the feeling of numbness in the Linkin Park song. If individuality or a general sense of self is not there or not acknowledged by others (Salem) or another person ("Numb"), it doesn’t exist. It is numb. The conformity in Salem is analogous to the undertow in “Numb.” When you are forced to conform to a role society has prescribed for you (Salem) or the way someone...

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