Belonging Essay- the Crucible

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An individuals interaction with others and the world acround them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging.
Discuss this view with detailed reference to your prescribed text and ONE other related text if your own choosing

Belonging is a sense of enlightenment felt when an individual gains an understanding of themselves in relation to others and the wider world. Though different in medium, Miller’s The Crucible being a play and Greder’s The Island being a picture book, they both links to the areas of belonging and conscience, and intolerance.
Interaction with others and the world around them has the potential to enrich those who stick to the status quo, but limit the experience of belonging towards individuals within society that challenge it. It is seen through both texts that characters that belong are able to ignore their conscience and those who act on it are excluded, and individuals are forced to belong to the dominant status quo of the society with no acceptance of difference.

Miller expresses the clashing between belonging and conscience within The Crucible, largely through Abigail and Elizabeth. Through character idiom, “I think you must go to Salem”, Miller expresses Elizabeth’s simple instinctive remark to go to the court to discredit Abigail in a calm, gentle manner. This allows the audience to better understand Elizabeth’s nature to follow her conscience, even when she knows there will be consequences, “He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him”. Dramatic irony is used within the play, “I saw Goody Booth with the Devil” which the audience is likely to see it as an opportunistic pretence because of the earlier scenes observed, in which Abigail leads the group of girls to   ‘cry out’. Through ignoring her conscience, she has an acquisition of power in the court which gives her a kind of belonging, in the sense that she has Danforth under her control and is able to accuse whomever she wishes, thus...