Compare and Contrast - Part 2 of 2

Compare and Contrast - Part 2 of 2
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  • Plot - The Crucible
  • This crazy man doesn't know what he's talking about! I saw him doing witchcraft in the woods!
  • Plot - Death of a Salesman
  • Look at yourself, you think I want to be like you? You just keep getting sicker and sicker. You're just trying to be the sickest one here.
  • Plot - Compare and Contrast
  • The plot of The Crucible revolves around the accusations of witchcraft thrown about in Salem. Many innocent people are unfairly punished by the court because if they don't admit to witchcraft, then it is automatically assumed that they are a witch. Abigail and her friends are who influence the town to go wild with accusations, and they are second-hand murderers of several people as their word leads to the execution of whoever the judge found guilty, including John Proctor.
  • Journey and Lessons - The Crucible
  • I did NOT! Judge Danforth send Abigail Williams to the jail cell and have her expelled!
  • C'mon, sonny. Let's get this over with.
  • The plot of Death of a Salesman revolves around Willy's dementia and his struggle to set an example for his sons to become the salesman he never was and always wished to be. His mental illness eventually led to him being fired which didn't help his situation, and soon after, his own son Biff told him what a failure he was and how he didn't want to end up like his father. Willy was distressed and began having hallucinations of his dead brother, and he eventually committed suicide as he thought it would be the best thing to do for his family.
  • Journey and Lessons - Death of a Salesman
  • In both novels, the plot's climax is when the protagonist realizes the hole that they've fallen into, too deep to crawl out of. The jury of Salem is convinced by Abigail that Proctor did witchcraft, and Willy is convinced that he is nothing but a failure to his family. The difference between the two situations is that Proctor has no choice but to submit because the jury pleads him guilty. However, Willy alone lets his negative thoughts override his conscience which leads to his suicide.
  • Journey and Lessons - Compare and Contrast
  • The lesson The Crucible teaches is that reputation should not be held on to forever when it could mean life or death. In society, reputation is one of the most important things to have in order to be able to fit in and live happily. John Proctor knew that if he confessed to witchcraft, the town wouldn't respect him or his family anymore and that they would not be able to live peacefully for any longer. However, sometimes like in this situation, reputation isn't everything, because if he is dead, he will have nothing.
  • The lesson that Death of a Salesman teaches is also about reputation, and that you shouldn't dwell on it too much. Reputation isn't key to success, and Willy never learned that because his life was cut too short. He celebrated Biff's popularity in school but what he never learned was that in order to succeed you must acquire other qualities such as confidence. Biff didn't have any aspirations or confidence of succeeding as a businessman after seeing his father result into a failure, but his father's downfall was primarily because of an unavoidable illness.
  • RIP Willy Loman He gave up In the middle of his salespitch
  • To contrast, one lesson in The Crucible is that the path of lying is not the right path to walk down. In Salem, so many innocent people were lied about and led to their unjust deaths. To compare the two, both novels share a theme and lesson of how reputation isn't everything and that other characteristics of one's self should be focused on. Reputation is more of an uncontrollable thing to grasp, so one should try to improve elsewhere, such as having loyalty, for both John Proctor and Willy Loman, since they both had affairs.
  • RIP Willy Loman He gave up In the middle of his salespitch
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