The Crucible And Conversion By Arthur Milller

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Set centuries apart, Arthur Milller’s The Crucible and Katherine Howe’s Conversion, seem to reflect follow similar plot lines of rebellion, scandal, and sex. Both follow the lives of teenage girls who face similar problems despite the fact they are based centuries apart. The time of adolescence in a woman’s life is an extremely influential period when one either stands out as a dominant leader, or falls in line as a follower. Though The Crucible and Conversion are based over three hundred years apart, both focus on similar motifs regarding female adolescence including rebellious lust, and the desire for attention and one’s individual identity. The theme of rebellious lust is prevalent in both The Crucible and Conversion through the forbidden relationships of Abigail Williams and John Proctor, and Emma and Tad Mitchell. This concept of young teenage girls inappropriately being involved with older men is highly emphasized and is a main point in both stories. In The Crucible, the time of trial faced by the people of Salem Village is started by an unholy affair between teenager, Abigail Williams, and unfaithful husband, John Proctor. The act of sexual intercourse out of wedlock is an act of rebellion on both their parts, especially in the strictly Puritan community the is Salem Village. The church views this act of lechery, adultery, and lying as horrid sins for which both John and Abigail hold responsibility and will face punishment. Abigail is rebelling against the religious

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