Identify other arguments and quarrels and then consult your impression of them in everyday life.  As well as the accusations of witchcraft, there are other arguments and quarrels...

  1. Identify other arguments and quarrels and then consult your impression of them in everyday life.

 

  1. As well as the accusations of witchcraft, there are other arguments and quarrels among the inhabitants of Salem.  Identify as many of these as you can and then consult your impressions of them in everyday life.

 

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that you can find many examples in the work that can be applied to modern life.  The beauty of Miller's writing is that it is rarely only locked into the drama presented.  It has implications all over and he leaves it to the audience to forge the connections to their own life.  One such example would be the initial depictions of strain on the Proctor marriage.  Even before the reality of witchcraft was visited upon them, we can see how difficult marriage really is for both parties.  John made a mistake with his affair with Abigail, and Elizabeth and he are left to fix it and clean it up.  This is difficult, as reflected in the dialogue of strain between them.  Examine the lines that show that there is a challenge of trust between them and how both of them are trying to make things work in their marriage.  This applies to modern day.  Try to find examples of people struggling to marriage work and there is a connection to the Proctors' predicament present.  Thomas Putnam might be another character present.  He is one who uses his own political and economic advantage to pressure others who are in dire straits.  Putnam uses the accusation climate to pressure others to underselling their land, increasing his profit while others suffer.  Given the current economic climate, I don't think that it's a stretch to find people who are doing the same.  Examine or research predatory lending practices in mortgages and banking, as well as how the recent climate of foreclosure has forced people into underselling assets in order to maintain economic viability.

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The Crucible

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