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					The Crucible
Connection Journal

Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible is based around the
actual events of the 1692 Salem witch trials. He used that
event as an allegory for McCarthyism, a time of fear and
paranoia in the U.S. Aside from those parallels, as with
any worthy piece of literature, there are many themes and
circumstances that are relatable and familiar to the

**Your Task: After each act is read in class, select one
of the listed prompts to write about. Each writing will be
divided into two sections 1) Discuss how the topic relates
to what is taking place in the play (connect to text)   2)
Write about a time in your life when this happened to
you/you were in this situation. Make connections to
characters in the play and draw parallels between your life
and the literature.

**Each paragraph should be at least 8 sentences long.
Entries need to be insightful, reflective, and show an
understanding of the play.

1) You thought you might be in trouble and you lied to
avoid it.
2)   You were among a group of people who had trouble
getting along. . . what were the underlying problems or
motivations among them?
3)   Rumors were flying . . . did someone try to dispel
4)   Your emotions prevented you from making a good choice.
5)   You found yourself "in over your head" because of a bad
choice you made.
6)   You made a bad choice that you wish you could go back
and change.
7)   You made a good choice that played a role in who you
are today.
Write about a time when . . .
1)   You or someone you know was judged unfairly.
2)   You asked to be forgiven for a wrong you'd done but
3)   Jealously (your own or someone else's) caused a problem
for you.
4)   Honesty (yours or someone else's) played a role in a
conflict in your life.
5)   Your emotions in a particular situation clouded your

Write about a time when . . .
1)   You (or someone you observed) was on a "power trip."
2)   You were frustrated by the blatant lies someone was
telling and everyone was believing.
3)   You sacrificed a principle that is important to you for
a person that is important to you.
4)   You (or someone you know) was asked to "name names" or
implicate others in a problematic situation.

Write about a time when . . .
1) You pretended to be something or someone you are not.
2) You became totally disillusioned with someone or
something that you believed in..
3)   You were afraid to admit you were wrong.
4)   You gave up something or someone important to you for a
The Crucible
Act One
  1) You thought you were in trouble and you lied to avoid
  In Act One of The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the reader
is introduced to a scene of confusion and chaos.    Two of
the girls in the village of Salem have become “sick” and
they are not moving or eating and barely reacting to their
environment.    As the act develops we learn that the girls
have taken part in dancing in the forest and it involved
blood drinking and spells.    Now rumors are beginning to
spread and many people in the town are suspecting the girls
of having delved into witchcraft.    The girls fear the
punishment that may be handed down if they are accused of
witchcraft, so they begin to tell lies and fake illness in
order to avoid further suspicion on the part of the other
villagers.    Abigail lies extensively when questioned and
places blame on another character Tituba, saying that she
forced her to drink blood during the ritual.    This leads to
the arrest of Tituba and a flood of accusations against
other people in the village.
    Like the girls in The Crucible, I have been in a
situation where I felt that I needed to lie to avoid
punishment.    A short time after I got my license I was
driving with a friend when we thought that it would be a
good idea if he drove.    He did not yet have a license and
was very inexperienced behind the wheel.    Needless to say,
we ended up getting in a small wreck, hitting a parked car
in the neighborhood.    Instead of telling the truth, we,
like the girls in the play, created a story, detailing how
the car was parked at a friend’s and was hit by a moving
car that proceeded to flee the scene.   We got our stories
straight and ironed out all the details, which, unlike in
the play, was easy to do with only two of us. This only
solved the problem for a short time and a witness who saw
the actual accident soon revealed the truth.   Just like in
the play, the lie actually aggravated and compounded the
problem, making the situation worse, not better.

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