Prior to reading The Crucible, we will have group presentations on 8 topics that relate to the play and its themes.
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    The full text of The Crucible 

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    Character Charts: Assignment Description
    For this assignment: Download or draw 5 blank character charts.  Then fill in the sections with the information and analysis for each of the 5 major characters (listed below). Give their name and a brief description. Then explain the relationships they have with other characters (Abigail, for example, is the niece of Reverend Parris and has had an affair with John Proctor). Explain the character's motivation: what does that character want, or what does he/she want to avoid?
    The lower half of the chart is like a dialectical journal. In the left column copy a section of dialogue from the character, or summarize an action that character has taken; on the right, explain how that dialogue or action reveals something important about that character.
    The 5 character charts will be due in late September when we finish the play.
    5 Major Characters
    Elizabeth Proctor or Reverend Parris
    Abigail Williams
    John Proctor
    Reverend Hale
    Judge Danforth
    The Crucible Essay
    You will have a choice of 3 different essay topics for The Crucible. You may choose any one of the essay topics listed below. One is based on Act 1 and the audience's reactions to the characters introduced in that opening act. The second choice is based on the character of Reverend Hale and how he begins to have doubts about the trials that he started in the village; that essay is mostly based on Hale's inner struggles during Act 2. The third choice is a thematic essay based on the play as a whole, using the three main characters as the focus for the overall thematic message of the play.
    How should you choose which essay to write? Some may choose to wait until the end of the play and write the 3rd essay, just to put off the assignment a little longer. If you do that, keep in mind that the Thematic essay (choice #3) is probably a little tougher than the other two, though it also gives you a chance to show how good of a writer you are and is most like a college essay assignment.
    Read all three essay prompts, complete with the background information for each one, before you decide. One of them should stand out as a theme that you understand better than the other two.
    One caution: Although the final due date for all three is the same (October 2) it may be easier to write Choice #1 and Choice #2 earlier than that, while the first two acts of the play are still fresh in your mind.
    Essay Choice 1 - Sympathetic Characters
    Based on the opening act of the play, which characters evoke the most sympathy with the audience? Read the full essay prompt to get the details on this essay choice.
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    Essay Choice 2 - Reverend Hale's Doubts
    During Act 2, Reverend John Hale of Beverly begins to have misgivings about the trials. Read the full essay prompt below to get the complete details on this essay choice.
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    Essay Choice # 3 - Thematic Essay
    After reading the entire play, write an essay using the 3 main characters in the conflict to make a theme statement for the play as a whole. Read the full essay prompt below to get the details on this essay choice.
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    To help get you started on Essay #3: Use the Conflict-Resolution chart below to map out your ideas on the inner conflicts of each of the three main characters. Then decide how each inner conflict is resolved by the end of the play. Those three resolutions should lead you to a strong Theme Statement for the play as a whole.
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