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					                        The Crucible
                             Arthur Miller

                           SYMBOLISM

 Objectives:
    o To recognize how one thing stands for another
    o To explain the role of “crucible” in the lives of certain
       characters
    o To examine the growth and changes of characters in the play

 Anticipatory Set:

  In many literary works, characters grow and develop, change, and
  often mature after an initiation into hardships as they undergo
  internal conflicts and struggles.

  In this play, Miller shows a psychological study of fear and repression
  and its effects on both society and the individual by portraying
  society against the individual. In the time span of a few months,
  however, many of the characters are able to rise above the antipathy
  of the society through self-discernment, to find renewed strength
  and to make decisions of great magnitude.

 Lesson Plans:
     o Explain/review symbolism and its definition. Symbolism is
        defined as one thing which stands for something else. It can
        also be a concrete object representing an idea or emotion.
     o Distribute the handout labeled “Symbolism”. Students should
        make note of how the characters in the drama experience a
        “crucible” in each of their lives.
     o Discuss the answers given by the students once the handouts
        have been completed and collected.
     o Distribute the handout labeled “Exploring Symbolism.” Direct
        the students to complete the exercise independently.
                                   Symbolism
Directions: Symbolism is defined as one thing which stands for something
else. Also, it can be a concrete object representing an idea or emotion.

For Example:              An eagle represents America.
                          The American flag stands for freedom.

                                  Crucible

                                represents



Test
                                             Vessel Baked to Resist Heat



                                                  Formation By Fire
           Trial
                              Ordeal
Directions: How is “crucible” related to each of the characters listed
below?

   1. John Proctor




   2. Elizabeth Proctor
3. Rebecca Nurse




4. Reverend Hale




5. Giles Corey
                         Exploring Symbolism
Directions: Using the chart below, list the character’s qualities at the
beginning and then list how the character changed his or her qualities at the
conclusion. Then draw a picture that you feel is symbolic of that character.
Describe to the class what your symbol represents.

 Character      Beginning Qualities   Concluding Qualities        Symbol



   John
  Proctor




  Elizabeth
   Proctor




  Reverend
    Hale




  Rebecca
   Nurse




    Giles
Corey

				
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