essay emersonian self reliance figure john proctor the crucible

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Using this outline, write a 2 page paper, 12 times new roman font, double spaced.

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This essay should be about addressing the protagonist in The Crucible, John Proctor’s Emersonian characteristics using quotes from both The Crucible and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance. I already have the quotes (from both sources) ready for you to put into the essay and a brief outline about what I it to be about, please follow the outline. I do have a thesis ready, but the grammar and phrasing might not be correct so please do make any changes as you wish.


Thesis Statement:

Even though one may argue that John Proctor gets himself involved and betrayed his own feelings to save his wife, he still prohibits Emersonian features through his acts of adultery, attitudes against authority(the Protestant Church).

Body Paragraph: (You can have 2-3 paragraphs proving the thesis and 1 paragraph with a counter argument)

-Adultery with Abigail (Follow your heart, do what you want)

-Against the Protestant church (Follow your heart, society corrupts individual, don’t need to follow the society)

-Disliked by everybody but still lives his life happily (Don’t take what other people say about you seriously, your opinion matters the most)

(Counter Argument) -Goes to court to protect his wife from being sentenced even if he got himself involved into a unnecessary situation

Supporting Quotes/ Evidence (Crucible):

  • “We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law! This warrant’s vengeance! I’ll not give my wife to vengeance!” (Miller 77)
  • “She will not let herself be drowned in the sea that threatens her. They come for my life now”(Miller 134)
  • “I mean it solemnly, Rebecca; I like not the smell of this ‘authority’”(Miller 31)
  • “the last meeting I were at you spoke so long on deeds and mortgages I thought it were an auction”(Miller 30)
  • “He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him”(Miller 145)
  • “You have made your magic now, for now I do think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with, but white enough to keep it from such dogs”(Miller 144)

Supporting Quotes/ Evidence (Self-Reliance):

  • “imitation is suicide” (Emerson 2)
  • “A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace”(Emerson 2)
  • “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind” (Emerson 4)
  • “I ought to go upright and vital, and speak the rude truth in all ways” (Emerson 4)
  • “but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude”(Emerson 6)
  • “We pass for what we are. Character teaches above our wills”(Emerson 8)
  • “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself”(Emerson 24)

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