A) Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts I am excited to read The Crucible again. I haven't read this text since American LiterVOYA Evaluation Code: 5Q; 4P
A) Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts I am excited to read The Crucible again. I haven't read this text since American Literature in 11th grade. To be honest, this was the only book that I actually read when I was in high school. I remember it was appealing because of its length and content. In addition, I have always loved reading and learning about witchcraft. This probably stems from my love of Halloween and my repetitive costume of a witch during my early years. Since I haven't read this since high school, I am interested to see what I will pick up on. I remember my teacher briefly skimming over the fact that Miller wrote this as a comment on McCarthyism, so I hope I am able to pick up on this aspect of the text more this go around.
B) During Reading I forgot the actual story of this text until I started reading it again. I'm somewhat surprised that my American Literature teacher did not go into more depth about Miller's commentary on McCarthyism. The book undeniable is a reflection on the McCarthy era. It's frightening that the accusations made by the females in this text held any merit with the other townspeople. This book has been hard for me to put down.
C) After Reading To me, this play doesn't seem like a play. Most times when I've been asked to read a play, I struggle to get through it. The Crucible kept me captive the entire way through. I was anxious to see what happened next. I absolutely hate the weakness of Mary and the manipulations of Abigail. Actually, I vaguely remember hating Abigail the first time I read this and thinking that she was an accurate depiction of the manipulation females are capable of. The most interesting part for me was the two historical aspects of this text. Miller tells the story of the Salem Witch Trials while making commentary on aspects of his own culture. The combination of these two aspects make the text fascinating. I think this text still holds a lot of value in the ELA classroom. It brings history together in several ways while introducing a commonly feared genre for students.
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VOYA Evaluation Code: 4Q; 4P A) Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts I am excited about reading this book because of the controversy that surrounds it. I fVOYA Evaluation Code: 4Q; 4P A) Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts I am excited about reading this book because of the controversy that surrounds it. I first heard about this controversy in a YA literature course I took at USC. The anonymously written book is told through a series of journals. I know that the character is a female who does drugs. The controversy surrounding this issue is drug-related. I expect this text to be less "damaging" than traditional South Carolina bible-belt parents claim....more