I NEED HELP WITH THE CRUCIBLE:In act 1: 1. in this arguement, the theme of authority explicitly arises. what are the 2 points of view? 2. In what way do parris and putnam find themselves aligned on...

I NEED HELP WITH THE CRUCIBLE:

In act 1:

1. in this arguement, the theme of authority explicitly arises. what are the 2 points of view?

2. In what way do parris and putnam find themselves aligned on this question?

3. Who is Giles Corey and how does Proctor treat him?

4. How is Putnam's materialistic ambition furthur revealed in this arguement with proctor?

5. The rev. Hale enters. From his comments, where may we infer that he believes that authority resides, and what does this say of his personality?

act 2:

when Hale says these are strange times, how might that have applied equally to 1952?

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

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I think the Act II question is the most intriguing.  The fear, paranoia, and lack of voice which seemed to mount in Salem at the time of Witchcraft Trials were also present in the 1950's with McCarthy and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee.  In both setting, to be accused was tantamount to guilt.  This created a setting where individuals were afraid to speak out against incorrect accusations for fear of being accused themselves.  In some respects such a time can be seen as "strange," because individuals who have the capacity to speak do not, and silence becomes the norm amongst individuals.

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