Here is where I will have a written portion explaining the connections between The Crucible, my philosophy statement, and the songs I played in my video.

//Fortunate Son//

The song Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival relates to my personal philosophy statement and The Crucible in regards to people doing what they feel is right. Fortunate Son was a song written in 1969 to protest the Vietnam War. From my personal philosophy statement, the US government would play the role of the “government”. The members of Creedence Clearwater Revival are not necessarily the ones acting against the government. Instead they represent the entire movement across America protesting the government's actions towards the war. In Fortunate Son, Creedence sings, "Some folks are born silver spoon in hand, Lord, don’t they help themselves, oh But when the taxman comes to the door, Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes". In this line, Creedence says that some people were born into rich families, yet they aren't the ones paying for the war; it’s the common people. It was things such as this that the government was doing that caused optimism across America. The protesters of the Vietnam War were protesting for what they felt was right. People can still be good people if they fight for something they believe in, even when it goes against the government. People have the right to express their opinion in America, which is exactly what these people were doing. An example of this can be found in The Crucible as well. In the scene where John Proctor and Reverend Parris are fighting about the church Proctor yells, "I may speak my heart I think!" (Miller 27). Here Proctor is illustrating his right to say what he thinks of the church. He feels that Parris preaches too much of hell and damnation, and that he should change his sermons. Parris however takes this as an act against the church. In this situation, the "government" is played by the church. Creedence's song of war protest and Proctor's view of the church are very similar. Both are taking actions against the "government" however both have the right to do so. Proctor and Creedence are only doing something they have the right to do and are only trying to help build a better society. This is why Proctor and Creedence can both still be considered good people even though they both are taking actions against the “government”.

//Get Up Stand Up//

Get Up Stand Up also relates to my personal philosophy statement and The Crucible in a very similar way that Fortunate Son did. Written in 1973, Get Up Stand Up was created by Bob Marley to encourage people to stand up for their rights, and more specifically about being mistreated. This is seen clearly in the chorus of Bob Marley's song saying, "Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!" Marley also makes a more direct connection to The Crucible when he addresses religion in his lyrics. In Marley's song, the “government” could be played either by religion or by any authority figure. Marley says in his song, "Preacherman, don’t tell me, Heaven is under the earth. I know you don’t know what life is really worth”. Here he illustrates his disbelief in the traditional teachings of the church. This is very similar to how Proctor feels about the church and its authority in his society in Salem. In the scene where Proctor argues with Reverend Parris about the church, Proctor states, “Can you speak one minute without we land in Hell again? I am sick of Hell!" (Miller 27). Here Proctor reveals his inner thoughts of the church. He does not agree with the ideas being preached by Reverend Parris and is simply standing up for what he believes in. This is exactly the message Marley is portraying in his lyrics. Marley feels that people should stand up for their rights and should be allowed to express their opinions. No one can ever truly force you to believe in something, only you know for yourself. In the end, Marley and Proctor are still good people despite their differing views from the church because they are simply standing up for their own true beliefs, an action that everyone has the right to do.

//Authority Song//
Though not as popular of an artist as Bob Marley or Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Mellencamp's Authority Song was a hit in the 1980's none the less. This song relates to my personal philosophy statement and The Crucible because it addresses another side of my statement; losing to authority. In Authority Song, Mellencamp describes his "government" as being elders. Elders have authority over younger people and Mellencamp chose to address this as his protest against authority. In his lyrics, Mellencamp sings, "He said: you don’t need no strength, you need to grow up, son, I said: growing up leads to growing old and then to dying". Here, Mellencamp mocks older people, saying that he doesn't want to grow up because it leads to growing old and dying. His lyrics then go on to say, "I fight authority, authority always wins, I fight authority, authority always wins, I been doing it, since I was a young kid, I’ve come out grinnin
I fight authority, authority always wins". Mellencamp is saying that he will always fight authority for what he believes in, but he doesn't always necessarily win his battles. The Crucible has a very obvious connection to this because clearly John Proctor does not win in his battle against the church. In the closing scenes of the play, Proctor tears his written confession he has made to witchcraft, and is then hanged soon after. Proctor always had differing beliefs from the church and he knew in the end he alone would not be able to change the corruption within his society. Mellencamp's loss in battle against authority is clearly in a lower degree because Proctor died when losing to authority; however, they both express the message that sometimes fighting for your beliefs is not always successful. Both men are still good people though, because just as Bob Marley and Creedence did, they were only fighting for what they believed in. Everyman has that right, and therefore they can go against the government to stand up for their beliefs and still be good people.