Monday, January 14, 2008

Otra Libro (Crucible)

Emotions are the reason behind every action. Therefore too much emotion toward something may result in conflict. Select a novel or play of literary merit in which a character(s) possess too much emotion Then write a well-organized essay in which you describe the over abundance of emotion and the conflict it causes for the characters and explain its relevance to the work as a whole.

"The Crucible", by Arthur Miller, seethes with emotion. It is the basis for the play as a whole and it is what drives not only the novel but also the period and true events of which the play is based. This overly convicted people and their emotions and beliefs are what set the events into motion. They drive the chaos and the conflict. Most, if not all the characters present in the play are overly committed to what they believe to be truth.

Abigail Williams is the most convicted of them all. But she is unlike most of the more respectable characters. She does not believe what she claims so fervently to be true. It is simply the need to be innocent of everything drives her to both do and claim what she does. Soon the power her lies hold is enough to keep her lying and deceiving, and lead her to one of the greatest conflicts of history. Her emotions and convictions are essentially what cause the horrific trials. As a result to stay innocent and gradually to keep the power the town so willingly hands over to her, her lies cost 19 their lies.

The town as a whole is full of emotion. While Abigail is full of resentment, hatred and power, the town feels fear, submission and vengeance. Those citizens of Salem have accumulated so much suppressed hatred, frustration, and anger that it leads them to become rash in their actions. They commit to things that have otherwise been unthinkable. Their rash actions and beliefs soon become foolish attempts at revenge and personal gain. They feel so strongly to these emotions that have been repressed for so long that it emerges into a chaotic murder crusade.

Lastly, the convictions of the selective accused that do not feel as the town of Salem do. They are in fact in complete opposition. They hold feelings of unjust, faith, and courage that it leads to their death. They are not unlike the rest in that their convictions lead to conflict. It leads them to conflict the town, the people, but also a choice between their own life or dying a martyr, perhaps saving other lives. Many lacking this surplus of emotion simply claimed a lie to be truth. They said that they were indeed witches, and thereby saved their own lives. But those who did not contain the normal amount of feelings, but took their emotions and beliefs to another level led themselves to their own deaths. Their unwavering faith in the truth and justice led to their demise, without so much conviction, so much love and faith, they might have survived.

If each of these characters and their emotions were in moderate portions then these horrific events depicted by Miller in “The Crucible” would never had occurred. But their committed and faithful attendances to these emotions cause events that spiral into chaos. These over abundance of emotion are what cause this conflict to occur and therefore are greatly meaningful and affective to the play as a whole.

[Authors Note: Despite my valiant efforts I award this response a respectable 5)

1 comment:

erin said...

oh look C: i am commenting ont his wonderfule essay. I would give you a nine. just because. o yah