The Crucible: Full Text

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Click here for the full text of The Crucible, in case you missed any portion(s) due to absences.

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The Crucible: Historical Context

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We learned in week one how history and literature – especially American history and American literature – are intertwined. In order to better understand the thematic issues that arise in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, we must first understand the historical context of both the Salem Witch Trialsin the 1690s and The Red Scare in the 1950s.

Click here for the presentation we did in class today. Take notes! 🙂

Imagery in Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

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Jonathan Edwards’s six-hour sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” contains a great deal of imagery. Choose a passage from Edwards’s sermon that contains vivid imagery and illustrate it in the style of a movie poster!

You will not necessarily be graded on your artistic ability, but your poster should demonstrate creativity, attention to detail, and relevant information. The poster should look like one that you would see in a movie theater — informative, eye-catching, and interesting to the viewer.

For your poster, make sure to include the following:

  1. Your poster must contain original art to represent an extended analogy Edwards uses.
  2. Must be in full color. No pencil!
  3. Title of sermon and author’s name must be clearly visible
  4. At least one “review” quote from a critic about the story. This should be made-up and is intended to draw the viewer’s interest. No more than 2 sentences.
  5. Include a “tagline” for the story. This should act as a “teaser”—make it short and catchy.
  6. On the back, you must include rationale for your illustration by providing text evidence from the sermon. Be sure to explain why you chose the visual elements you did as well. One paragraph minimum, with embedded quotations. (For example, if you include a cat in your movie poster, include a direct quote from the text that references the cat.)
  7. Be creative and have fun with this!