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.
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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 reality??™ of a drama representing both history and literature, are two versions of reaity created by the human imagination??? (129)
2. ???subjective reality confronts the relationship of the subjective and objective, provides a model for mediating between the two, a model which has at it??™s centre the very issue of memory which is also of paramount importance to miller??? (129)
3. ???the crucible [and twilight] cause what appears to us to be immediate and real ??“ the present??”to become dreamlike and subjective??? (129)
4. ???the lesson is what can happen when individuals forget the limits of their own optical and moral senses, and fail to sympathize with fellow citizens suffering from the same impossibilty of separating the imaginary from the real??? (143)
II. The desire for lust and love affect the moral judgment of Bella and Edward, and Abigail and John Proctor.
A. Bella??™s and Abigail??™s desire for love affect their decisions on what is right and what is wrong.
1. Yearning for love destroys the resistance from the attraction
a. ??? His resistance to turning her into a vampire must be contrasted with her desperate desire to become one.??? (5)
2. (Self) gratification
a) ???when Bella weighs right against self gratification, she declares to Edward, ???I would rather die than stay away from you.??? His response is to declare his infatuation with Bella with the lamb.??? (240)???
4. ???But is is also a concept encapsulated in an il-defined touch-feely concept of love that fails to understand or give expression to the Bible??™s definition of love as giving up youw self-fulfillment for the genuine good of others, and above all of jesus??™ call to perfect love by submission to his trandcendent standards and values (John 15:12-14??? (3)
5. ???Love, found in both [Edward and Bella] is to be intoxicating to the point of creating near giddy insanity.??? (1)
a) Willingness to do whatever it takes to acquire that love.
a. ???Her obvious love for her father needs to be stacked up next to her willingness to deceive him both when his life depends on it and when it just suits her romantic desires.??? (5)
b) The struggle to do what is right and what is wanted
c) ???the main draw here is Bella??™s infacuation with outside Edward, the snese of danger inheret in their love, and edward??™s inner strugge ??“??? (1)
6. Fear of rejection leads to risking it all to grasp love
B. In Twilight and The Crucible, Bella and John Proctor struggle with moral judgment and making the right decisions that they would not regret pursuing.
a) ???Morality, Miller suggests, is dependent upon recognizing and accepting our humanness- an acknowledgement which neither proctor nor Parris nor any Puritans is willing to make.??? (141)
2. Following conscience
a) ??? And Miller is anxious to propose avenues of escape from the power of an over-active absolutizing moral conscience.??? (130)
3. Judgment/meaning behind judgment
a) ???The crucible is a play seething with moral judgments on all sides, on the parts of its goodmen as well as of its leaders.??? (130)
b) ???Accepting, for a moment, the idea that vampires can exist in a fantasy world and that they are capable of making ???moral??? choices within the framework of their pre determined natures, it would be fair to say that the Cullen clan??™s choice to avoid killing humans si??¦positive.??? (2)
4. Willingness to make the right choice
a) ???[Edward] spends his nights, secretly in Bella??™s befroom watching her : ???I wrestled all night while watching you sleep, with the chasm between what I knew was right, moral, ethical, and what I wanted. I knew that if I continued to ignore you..as I should, somday, you would say yes to [someone else]??? (p 255)??? (1)
5. Can create human dilemma
a. ??? reasons such as guilt, pride, and the desire to render judgment, to see oneself as one of the select ??“ allow sympathy for human dilemma none the less.??? (141)
a. ??? Bella becomes a person in her own right when she takes risks in defiance of her parents and her friends, in denial of morality and rationality, in contempt of life and safety.??? (2)
c) Discard and abandon humanity
a. ??? In Twilight, where the hero is unmistakeably the boy and the heroine, if she can be called that, is a besolted sexually driven moral, emotional, and physical wimp who can only find meaning in life by abandoning herself at great risk to her man.??? (1)
b. ???[Bell??™s] desires are just as intense, but being femine is portrayed as pure despite driving her to lie, deceive, discard restraint and ultimately abandon her very humanity.??? (2)
III. John Proctor and Bella sacrifice themselves if they thought they were doing a noble act by rebelling for self-fulfillment and pride.
A. By rebelling against what other people wanted, Proctor and Bella fulfilled self-pride by risking it all.
3. Striving to risk and risking life
4. Love for someone else can result in the risk of losing it all
B. Bella and Proctor would sacrifice themselves in a place for someone they loved and did what they thought was noble.
2. Saving someone??™s life
3. Noble/ Savior
a) ???By peppering the story with oral issues that resonate with Christians, and convincing readers that vampires can actually serve as good and noble purpose, the authors manage to disguise the occult beneath a veneer of righteousness that can easily trap the unwary.??? (1)