The Crucible By Arthur Milller

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Arthur Milller’s The Crucible and Katherine Howe’s Conversion follow teenage girls and how their individual actions and actions as a group affect colonial Salem Village and present day Danvers, Massachusetts. In Salem Village an outbreak of witch accusation by a group of young women tears apart the entire community and has everyone question what the truth is. Religion and honesty are large factors in peoples’ views on the situation taking place in Salem. In modern day Danvers an outbreak of a mystery disease, conversion disorder, similarly has the people of the town questioning what the truth is. This disorder is exclusively affecting the students of the all girls catholic high school, St. Joan’s. These girls exploit their disorder by talking to media and going on television. Both stories seem to reflect similar plot lines of rebellion, scandal, and sex. Both follow the lives of teenage girls who face similar problems. 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
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