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Crucible Is the Story of the House Research Proposal

… Crucible is the story of the House Un-American Activities Committee, as headed by Senator Joseph McCarthy, but filtered through the prism of Salem, Massachusetts. Playwright Arthur Miller uses the witchcraft trials held in Salem as a historical analogy to condemn the anti-communist hysteria that afflicted America during the 1950s. Over the course of the play, for various reasons, different characters use the opportunity provided by the trials and people's fears, to suit their own personal and political purposes. However, the system created by the mass hysteria eventually becomes so out-of-control that even the individuals who advanced the original accusations cannot contain the system's power. Abigail wanted to use her power as an accuser to secure her reputation in the community, marry John Proctor, and destroy…. [read more]

Crucible and Guilty by Suspicion Essay

… Like Rebecca Nurse, Dorothy Nolan is blindsided by the authorities, in her case, the House Un-American Activities. Unable to find any work and bereft of visitation rights to her own son, Dorothy spirals toward death. David Merrill remarks that Dorothy "was a good wife, a good mother," and that the House Un-American Activities was "responsible for her death." She was "falsely accused, she couldn't get work, her son was taken away from her -- all because of" the blacklisting community. By contrast, the hysteria in Miller's Salem brought the noose around the necks of the accused, while Winkler's committee imprisoned and blacklisted those who were deemed guilty. In any case, both occasion set forth ways to ruin the lives of otherwise innocent folk, who chose…. [read more]

Crucible Movie Review Movie Review

… ¶ … Crucible Movie Review

The Crucible

b) the evils of jealousy, greed, and ambition can be more powerfully destructive than any supernatural evils. Arthur Miller's original play has been altered in this film version; but still, the bottom line is that hysteria stirred up by religious passions can be very destructive. Those in the church congregation called together by Reverend Parris at the opening of the film heard him say that witches are "hateful enemies of God...and he may well find signs of Lucifer" when Mr. Hale (who is supposedly an expert on witches) comes to town. It was like, the die is cast; whether or not real devil spirits are here, we'll need to identify some in order to justify all this rampant…. [read more]

Arthur Miller's the Crucible Term Paper

… ¶ … Crucible by Arthur Miller [...] whether justice was denied to those accused during the Salem Witch trials. The characters in "The Crucible" who go to court expect fair justice against the false accusations by some vindictive members of the community. However, what they find is not justice at all, but rather superstition, fear, and "spectral evidence" that only clouds the judicial system and creates injustice and unfairness. The court in "The Crucible" does not give justice to the accused, and they suffer the ultimate fate because the court cannot see past superstition and false accusation.

At the heart of this story is the 17th century justice system and how belief systems, superstition, and religion blended to corrupt the system and condemn innocent victims.…. [read more]

Crucible the Witch Hunt Term Paper

… Indeed, under McCarthy anyone coming close to the Communist Party line, or anyone appearing remotely "different" ideologically from the administration was subject to Congressional Hearings on "Un-American" behavior, loyalty programs, and blacklists. In short, whereas the unfortunate "witches" in The Crucible were executed literally, the "witches" of the McCarthy era were executed socially, economically, and ideologically.

Interestingly, in hindsight audiences can view both the events in the fictional Crucible with contempt, as well as the excesses of the McCarthy era, seeing the same dynamics in current circumstances seems to be a bit more difficult for most Americans. After all, the powers that were in 17th century Salem were hardly different from those in the 1950's -- at least in their methods. But, what of today?…. [read more]

Crucible Movie vs. Maryse Conde's I, Tituba Book Term Paper

… ¶ … Tituba

Comparing and Contrasting: Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" with Maryse Conde's I, Tituba

The past is never rendered 'perfectly' to a contemporary viewer or reader, particularly an era as far removed from our own as the Puritan era of America. Arthur Miller's tale of "The Crucible" is ostensibly set in Salem, Massachusetts during the 1600s but it is a thinly disguised allegory of the McCarthy anti-communist witch-hunt that had taken hold in America when Miller wrote his play, which was later made into a 1996 film. Miller uses the trials to discuss important concerns of the present day in his play, not to recount history. The play immediately illustrates its lack of concern with the facts of the actual events by converting the…. [read more]

Intolerance to Difference: Social Realities Term Paper

… In the story, the young girl experiences internal conflict when she was exposed to two worlds within one country/territory: her place as a member of the dominant and powerful class of the whites, while co-existing (non-peacefully) with the Africans, original inhabitants yet displaced and oppressed from their native land. The story ends with an indefinite resolution, as the protagonist fails to reconcile within her the conflicting situations she is in. A contrasting portrayal of Camus' main character in The Guest, Daru, illustrates how he chose to let his 'guest,' his Arab brother, to decide on his own as to what fate he is going to take. Daru's decision to let him choose between life in prison or with the nomads and the Arab's decision to…. [read more]

Barn Burning by William Faulkner Essay

… Snopes represents the ultimate dysfunctional response to class conflict. It is understandable that Snopes is resentful of his lowly social status, having to serve others in order to make a living. Yet his "barn burning" approach to conflict resolution is ineffective. He takes his anger out on his son, abusing him physically and emotionally. This poorly prepares Sarty for healthy identity development. Finally, Major de Spain serves as the catalyst for Sarty's awakening. Until the final barn-burning incident, Sarty obeyed whatever his father said. Sarty finally awoke to the sheer evil that is his father's destructive behavior and warned Major de Spain. Unfortunately, the latter used violence to resolve the central conflict and Sarty is left without a father. Faulker's characters are like Oates' in…. [read more]

Voice of American Opera. Opera Quarterly, 23 Article Critique

… ¶ … Voice of American Opera." Opera Quarterly, 23 (1): 81-95.

First published online: July 2, 2008. doi: 10.1093/oq/kbn005

According to Anne Midgett's essay "The Voice of American Opera," American opera is losing ground after decades of gaining respect and popularity. For many years, American operatic training was renowned throughout the world, after overcoming initial European reservations about the nation's ability to produce high-quality singers. However, American vocal training has devolved, rather than evolved and American singers have lost their famed versatility and power. European schooling has grown more competitive; American training less so, particularly given the rise of opera companies that have fueled the growth of vocal departments in conservatories. The demand for 'recordable' voices have also produced a less expansive and powerful voice.…. [read more]

Man's Ability to Treat Humans Term Paper

… Apart from central theme of keeping hope, the implied storyline of "The Rose that Grew from Concrete" is about how Tupac rose from his hazardous surroundings by following his ambitions and became successful in the rap industry. This involves simple analogy, where the word "rose" in the title represents Tupac as a person and the word "concrete" signifies the unforgiving streets of Marin City. Tupac has presented the experience of his own life and depicted the ways by which he surmounted his dangerous environment and kept on following his dreams consistently, which ultimately bestowed him with fame and success (McQuillar & Johnson 75). This is analogous to how a flower grew out of the cold and non-nurturing concrete by breathing air, and eventually blooms and…. [read more]

Existential Analysis of a Man Named Ziegler by Herman Hesse Thesis

… Existential analysis of a Man Named Ziegler by Hermann Hesse

An existential analysis is essentially and inquiry or interrogation of the meaning of human existence. It is in effect a confrontation with the world around us in a deeply questioning and honest way. Existential analysis can also be very disconcerting as its aim is to penetrate the pretences, conventions and ideologies that hide true reality. In the process of searching for meaning one encounters 'existential anxiety' in that one becomes aware that the life that one has been living and the way that one perceives the world is false.

Related to the above is the theme of authentic vs. inauthentic existence and the absurdity of existence. Facing up to reality can be extremely difficult. One…. [read more]

Authors Brief Biography and Short Story of Theatre Research Paper

… ¶ … Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales in 1914. He was already publishing poems in his teens, including many for which he would become famous. After Swansea was bombed during World War Two, he relocated to London and worked as a screenwriter. He returned to Wales before the end of the war and then after the war worked for the BBC. He was established as a poet at this time, but needed these other jobs to earn a living. He died in New York while on a tour of America, as touring to read poems was one of his main sources of income. He was 39 when he died.

Arthur Miller was born in 1915 in Harlem. He worked producing plays and in…. [read more]

Post Modern Interpretation of Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Essay

… Slaughterhouse Five

Pastiche and Metafiction: Postmodernism in Slaughterhouse Five

It is accepted, by the literary illuminati of history, that a plot, to be a plot, must organize itself around a question, often one with a yes-or-no answer centered on the novel's main character: Will Ahab kill the great, white whale? Will Pip escape the meanness of his upbringing? Will Frodo deliver the ring to the fires of Barad'dur? In this respect it seems that Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five fails the reader: no acceptable central question can be found to follow Billy Pilgrim. Certainly there is no question of whether he will survive Dresden, and, if there is, no conflicting or rising action exists to support that question as central. Perhaps the question is whether Billy…. [read more]

Seven Years War Term Paper

… ¶ … war broke out in 1756 between France and Great Britain. Along with that, difference between American and Canadian colonists had erupted two years before that began, which cased the war to lead to the fall of New France. From there, the conflict forced Great Britain against France. This was supported by Austria, Sweden, Saxony, Russia and Spain. In America and Asia, British colonies approached French colonies. New France and New England fought over possession of the continent and dictatorship of the fur trade. Even though the conflicts were separate, the two colonies were directly connected to the victories or defeats of the Motherland (the seven-year war).

Summary of Conflict

Even though the war began in 1756 in Europe, conflict started two years earlier…. [read more]

Mccarthyism at a Speech in Wheeling Term Paper


At a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia on February 9, 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy made the following announcement: "The reason we find ourselves in a position of impotency is not because the enemy has sent men to invade our shores, but rather because of the traitorous actions of those who have had all the benefits that the wealthiest nation on earth has had to offer... While I cannot take the time to name all the men in the State Department who have been named as members of a spy ring, I have here in my hand a list of 205 that were known to the Secretary of State as being member of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and…. [read more]

Women in American History Essay

… Women in American History

Women on the Oregon Trail to the Gold Rush

Thousands of women journeyed overland on the Oregon Trail during the Gold Rush with husbands and fathers, and even a few without. They faced weeks of boredom, scorching summers, freezing temperatures, flooded rivers, impassable mountains, and hostile Indians.

But, while a few were reluctant companions to adventurous husbands, most shared in the eagerness to make a "pile" from the golden hills of California. The journey's scenic wonders, such as Chimney Rock, captivated many women emigrants. But for some, the hardships left devastating memories -- often the death of loved ones. Whatever the individual pleasures and tragedies, after months and hundreds of miles of exhaustive travel on the Oregon Trail, all shared the…. [read more]

History of Art Parthenon Ancient Greece Research Paper

… Parthenon was an architectural achievement the likes of which ancient Greece had never seen before. Athens, by the time of its construction, had become a cultural hub -- a place of affluence and learning. The Parthenon, therefore, represented more than a place of worship: it represent an artistic, cultural, social, economic, political and historical monument. This paper will analyze the Parthenon in each of those contexts and show why this achievement of Greek antiquity still stands tall today.

Political and Cultural Context

The man behind the rise of the Golden Age of Greek Art in the fifth century BC was the great statesman Pericles. A patron from a family of aristocrats, Pericles rose to power following the wars against Persia, in which Athens proved itself…. [read more]

Jungian Phenomenology and Police Training the Methodologies Term Paper

… Jungian Phenomenology and Police Training

The methodologies selected for this study were the meta-synthesis approach developed by Noblit and Hare (1988) and a content analysis technique described by Neuman (2003) and others. The meta-synthesis approach allows researchers to draw broad substantive interpretations from various sources. According to York (1994), the meta-synthesis technique is a type of research that "systematically compares studies in order to interpret meaning, to clarify research foci, and to resolve existing substantive, methodological, or interpretive problems" (p. xiii). This approach allows the researcher to "compare and analyze text, creating new interpretations in the process" (Noblit & Hare, 1988, p. 9).

The seven-step process used in the meta-synthesis methodology developed by Noblit and Hare is set forth in Table 1 below.

Table 1.…. [read more]

Standard Joke About America Term Paper

… Teach-ins offered day- and night-long forums of opinion and ?information about American policy in Southeast Asia. Opposition ?grew to campus recruiting by war-related industries, defense-related ?and -funded research, and campus Reserve Officer Training Corps ?(ROTC). Student protests against these institutions and representatives erupted on countless campuses. Off-campus, students demonstrated in front of the White House and the Pentagon, attempted ?to prevent government officials from speaking around the country, ?campaigned for candidates running against the war, and sought in ?numerous ways to convince others of the immorality and wrongheadness, to say nothing of the incredible destruction and probable failure, ?of American involvement. (Bloom and Breines 203)

The continuation of the draft into the later 1960s occasioned greater protest against continued U.S. involvement. Additionally, the fact that…. [read more]

Dystopia the Idea Term Paper

… Dystopia

The idea of the dystopia is related to the idea of the utopia, and it has become a staple in speculative literature and film. A dystopia is a society that does not work for the benefit of its members, while a utopia is one that is ideal. The idea of the utopia was made well-known by Thomas More, and the idea of the dystopia in fiction emerged soon after and continues to be a key element in science fiction in literature and film.

Sir Thomas More is probably best known for his confrontation with King Henry VIII, for which he lost his life. He was a statesman as well as a political and social philosopher. His most famous work is his Utopia, a book…. [read more]

Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Term Paper

… Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway is marvelous piece of writing basically because of its lucidity and simplicity. Yet the story contains important messages and philosophies, which can only be read between the lines, and through close analysis of Santiago's monologues, daydreams and thoughts. The one message that consistently runs throughout the novel and is repeatedly highlighted is that man must continuously fight against unfavorable forces even if he is certain of the futility of his struggle.

Santiago is an old fisherman who has unfortunately not been very successful at catching fish lately. His business suffers while he loses his young companion, a boy named Manolin whose father wants him to work for more successful fishermen. But Manolin loves Santiago and brings him…. [read more]

Dylan Thomas Wrote Sixteen Poems Research Paper

… Dylan Thomas wrote sixteen poems that were considered as great. Thomas was born in a middle class family and his father was a schoolteacher. Hoewver, Thomas did not wear the "old school tie, his upper lip was far from stiff and everything about him seemed too much. In short, he was a slob." (Tindall, 1962) The work of Tindall states that Thomas "burst upon London with his marvels…in 1933" and dazzled his readers. (1962) Thomas proclaimed that he was a "Welshman" first and secondly a "drunkard." (Tindall, 1962) Thomas is described as "outrageous, irresponsible and charming." (Tindall, 1962)

Thomas is reported to have both acted and looked like a poet. Thomas' poems are about "the daisies in deep" and used phrase that were transcendental" and…. [read more]

Outsourcing and the Affect on the Economy Term Paper

… Outsourcing and Its Effect on the Economy

In the Age of Information where the forces of globalization are at full play and the competition is fierce, outsourcing appears to represent a viable approach to ensuring that a company's operations are kept streamlined and efficient. Indeed, at first blush, outsourcing various aspects of a company's operations appears to provide companies with a significant competitive advantage by allowing them to concentrate on their core competencies. While these types of benefits have in fact accrued to some companies using outsourcing in the past, critics of the practice maintain that the United States is mortgaging its future and the future of its workers through such practices. To sort out the truth, this paper provides a review of the relevant…. [read more]

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