Sample Essay Outlines

The following paper topics are based on the entire play. Following each topic is a thesis and sample outline. Use these as a starting point for your paper.

  • Topic #1
    One of the most prominent themes in The Crucible is the importance of a good name. Analyze what a good name means to several of the characters, using specific examples to support your conclusions.

    I. Thesis Statement: One central motif of The Crucible is the importance of a good name. The meaning of a good name to John Proctor at the end of the play, however, is vastly different from the good name that Reverend Parris seeks.

    II. A good name as pride and reputation
    A. Reverend Parris
    B. Judge Danforth

    III. A good name as goodness
    A. Rebecca Nurse
    B. Elizabeth Proctor

    IV. A good name as individuality and moral integrity
    A. John Proctor
    B. Reverend Hale

    V. The naming of names

  • Topic #2
    The Crucible is vitally concerned with the presentation of truth. Show how truth is portrayed in the play and how various characters show their true natures.

    I. Thesis Statement: The judges of Salem are not concerned with seeking the truth and...

(The entire section is 423 words.)