I need help how to write an essay about "The Crucible" on this topic:  "Without conflict is no progress or change."

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First, do you agree or disagree with this statement?  You have to prove it to be true or untrue, based on how you see the play.  If I were you, I would list all the major conflicts in one column, where they take place (Act and scene) in another column and how the characters react to the conflict in a third column.  Your statement does not say that the progress or change is a positive outcome...just a changed one.  There is much change in this play, so you will probably end up proving this statement to be true.

Once you have all the conflicts, etc. filled out in your chart, choose 3-4 of the most influential and change-making events to use as your proof that the statement is true for this play and the characters in it.

Some of the conflicts you may choose to write in your chart  are the conflict between John and Elizabeth with regard to his indecretion with Abigail, Abigail's hatred for Elizabeth, the Putnams' greed for more land, Mrs. Putnam's jealousy of Goody Nurse with regard to living and dead children, Mary Warren's internal and external conflicts (her loyalty to Elizabeth and the fact that the girls are lying and her fear of Abigail and the other girls), John Proctor's internal conflict and the decision he makes  not to sign the confession.  There are others as well.