After reading the first five pages of The Crucible, please select ONE of the two prompts below to respond to:
"They believed, in short, that they held in their steady hands the candle that would light the world. We have inherited this belief, and it has helped and hurt us" (Miller 5).
What do think this passage means? What is the "candle"? Do you agree that modern Americans have inherited this Puritan attitude?
"When one rises above the individual villainy displayed, one can only pity them all, just as we shall be pitied someday. It is still impossible for man to organize his social life without repressions, and the balance has yet to be struck between order and freedom" (Miller 7).
Do you, like Miller, pity the people of late 17th century Salem? Do you think that we will be pitied one day? Do agree that repression is an inherent part of organized social life?
Please remember to read and comment on others' posts as well; the blog should be a conversation rather than a collection of individual responses.