English Midterm: Twilight vs. Crucible

Thesis: In comparison to Twilight and The Crucible, the appearance of innocence result in a subjective reality; the desire for love becomes mixed up with moral judgment; and the act of rebelling to sacrifice one’s self make these two books very similar.
I. Innocence to one’s eye and the public’s eye create a dreamlike reality, resulting in unclear visions.

A. In the beginning of Twilight and The Crucible, Bella and Abigail appear as if they would not do shocking or immoral actions.

1. “the vision of stainless purity, combined with perfect himility and gentleness to the sinful, awakens the longing for holiness, the dum yearning of the soul for righteousness is kinled by the actual presence and influence of righteous personality” (330)

2. “it is obvious that the character which ‘taketh not accound of evil,’ and which believes to any extent in the integrity of others is apt to be credulous, and easily deceived” (329)

3. “…that kind of quality which we secribe by the word ‘innocent,’ or, in other words, the characteristic of grace of childhood” (329)

a) “the harmlessness” of those who through weakness of body or simplicity of mind know not how to sin” (329)

b) “this is the pimal innocence of childhood, a negatives tate – the state of those who ether are untempted or have no yet awakened to the consciousness of good and evil in choice and action” (329)

4. “the confirmed habitual innocence of those who have retained their purity of heart in spite of tempation have consistently striven to be true to their highest ideals” (329)
a) Innocence, means that personal integrity of which the heathen dreamed, but which he had no means of realizing nor does it exlude zeal for the good of another” (330)

B. Because Abigail and Bella appear as innocent, once faced with an adult decision, their vision is clouded with images that seem to be made by the human imagination.

1. “the recreating of [the crucible’s] subjective reailty is the equally ‘subjective...