These were the choices facing the people who were accused of witchcraft in the court at Salem in 1692.
Keep in mind that the Puritans believed that nobody really could see a person't heart except God. They thought that a person's actions would be a clear indicator of how the person would spend eternity. If a person lied, stole, broke the ten commandments, etc, it would be clear that the person belonged to Satan and was going to hell. Puritans, even though Arthur Miller doesn't touch on the subject, did also believe in forgiveness of a merciful God. Miller left this part out because it didn't seem to fit his purpose, and it didn't seem to fit into the way the court was acting. (Unfortunately, Puritan theology and the court at Salem did not quite go hand in hand.)
So it all comes down to this:
Read more tomorrow to see what happens! No homework
Lately, you may have noticed that tempers are flaring in the meeting house during our journey to Salem in 1692. Abby has accused practically every good soul in town of being a witch; Parris believes her every move because of the fact that her fame makes him famous by proxy. At the end of Act III, we see that Mary Warren, who knows the truth about Abby's lies, has come to court to speak against Abby, but fails to do so because she is terrified that Abby will manipulate the court into thinking that Mary herself is a witch. Instead of speaking against Abigail, Mary ends up telling everyone that Abby is correct and that John Proctor is a liar who forced her to come to court to further his own evil purposes.
Yeesh! What a crazy atmosphere!! Why do you think Arthur Miller tells us this story? What can we learn about society and humanity from this text? If you answer this question online before we return from Thanksgiving break, I will give you ten points on any assignment or quiz in marking period 2.
I will not be in class next Tuesday. During this time, you will read as much of Act IV as you can in class. I will not give you homework over the break, but you should be ready for a review QUIZ on Monday when we return.
Have a great weekend!
We have begun in class to read the Crucible. In fact, all of the classes have at least reached the end of Act I, handed in their Act I questions, and handed in their Act I vocabulary assignments.
If you need to print out another vocab assignment, CLICK HERE for a pdf. If I were you, I would print a few of these puppies because you'll need one for each chapter.
Also, if you didn't get all the packet, this is what you are missing:
Have a good night!