Welcome fellow wikispacers! My name is Brian, I am an Honors American Literature student and I created this wikispace as a class project. In our class, we have just completed reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller. If your not familiar with the play, it is a historical fiction piece based on the Salem witch trials of 1962. For some background information on the real Salem witch trials, you can check out this link to a webquest we did in class on the Salem witch trials. If you want to see some humor about the witch trials, check out this link.

The purpose of this project was to read the play, then extract a personal philosophy statement from the play and explore it by incorporating our strengths. Below I have posted several sources that examplify my personal philosophy statement which is that good people do not always do what the government tells them to, however, to learn more about my personal philosophy statement and to see my exploration, see the links on the left side of the page.

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"'I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation. Take it to heart, Mr. Parris. There are many others who stay away from church these days because you hardly ever mention God any more'" (Miller 27).

The Government by Carl Sandburg

I heard about the Government and
I went out to find it. I said I would look closely at
it when I saw it.
Then I saw a policeman dragging a drunken man to
the callaboose. It was the Government in action.
I saw a ward alderman slip into an office one morning
and talk with a judge. Later in the day the judge
dismissed a case against a pickpocket who was a
live ward worker for the alderman. Again I saw
this was the Government, doing things.
I saw militiamen level their rifles at a crowd of
workingmen who were trying to get other workingmen
to stay away from a shop where there was a strike
on. Government in action.

Everywhere I saw that Government is a thing made of
men, that Government has blood and bones, it is
many mouths whispering into many ears, sending
telegrams, aiming rifles, writing orders, saying
"yes" and "no."

Government dies as the men who form it die and are laid
away in their graves and the new Government that
comes after is human, made of heartbeats of blood,
ambitions, lusts, and money running through it all,
money paid and money taken, and money covered
up and spoken of with hushed voices.
A Government is just as secret and mysterious and sensitive
as any human sinner carrying a load of germs,
traditions and corpuscles handed down from
fathers and mothers away back.

The Village

This is a key scene from the film The Village, where Edward Walker justifies Ivy's journey to the outside world. In their Village, traveling beyond their boundaries is forbidden, but because Ivy does, does that make her a bad person? For more information on The Village, see my Class Activities page.

In addition to The Crucible, we also looked at related literary works such as A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the film The Village. The link to Class Activities will show my connections to these other sources.