What is a good thematic statement (universal theme) of the message/lesson the author of The Crucible conveys?

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Consider the following: 1. You cannot summarize a text without some sort of thesis statement. 2. Your thesis isn't something you necessarily have to state outright, but rather it is something that you have to imply through your summary or explain in the body paragraphs. 3. Your thesis has to be debatable (the other side needs to exist). 4. Your thesis can be implied by a direct reference: "in his book, 'The Crucible', Arthur Miller describes the events in Salem during 1692 with careful attention to character and plot details." The author's name and the title serve as direct references because they are both stated outright. 5.

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I would use some language that helps convey aspects of those themes as well. For example, the use of guilt and manipulation play into those topics as well.

1. Authority figures within Arthur Miller's The Crucible allowed their hopes of maintaining great power interfere with their care for humanity, the purpose of the very offices to which they were appointed.

2. Fear manipulated the town of Salem during Arthur Miller's The Crucible causing a mania that cost people their very lives.

Are you writing a thesis statement in two sentences? What is the purpose of your assignment?

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In my opinion, the author of this play is trying to send the message that the authorities in the time of the Salem witch trials were going along with the people's fears just so they (the authorities) could stay in power.  So my sentences would go something like this:

  • In this play, Arthur Miller is trying to show that fear makes people believe things that they would not otherwise believe.
  • In this play, Arthur Miller is trying to show that authority figures will often care more about keeping their positions of power than they care about doing what is right.

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