Belonging; Related Text Young Samurai Essay

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The choice to belong or not belong may vary from one person to another. Our sense of belonging can only be achieved when we know who we are and where we are situated in our society. A sense of belong is forged when a person finds a connection between, places, people and the larger world. By refusing or not acknowledging the ideology and lifestyle of the society you live in, it would be difficult for you to achieve a sense of belonging. This difficulty is largely seen in Arthur Miller's 1953 play The Crucible and Young samurai 2008 by Chris Branford.
Miller's play The Crucible desired to show the effect of mass hysteria on any given group this was used to give comment of the current ...view middle of the document...

This indicates a person's ability to choose not to belong but also have the ability to belong. Though he feels some sense of belonging this is being affected by the guilt due to his crime of adultery. This is shown in John Proctor's line "I have gone tip toe in this house all seven months since she is gone… as though I come into a court when I come into the house". The metaphorical use of "tip toe" to suggest how careful he must be stresses the tension in the marriage.
John and Abigail's isolation from the Salem community is evidence in his behaviour. John has committed adultery with Abigail. She is the leader of the children who created the mass hysteria of the trials. She chooses not to belong to the community where she was brought as the priest's niece. She seeks out her own values rather than allowing the community values influence her. Abigail does not associate herself with the children by committing adultery and being rebellious against the community to show that she chooses to be viewed as on adult rather than a child. "How do you call me child!" She wishes to be with John Procter, this is where she looks to belong. However, he does not feel that she belongs to his life as seen in this quote 'Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time, but I will cut off my hand before I reach for you again. We never touched.' This shows that though Abigail chooses to belong, she cannot find a placing in this once faction of society. Similarly in his denial, John shows his unwillingness to confront his own demons and so we understand the tension in his marriage. Until John admits his guilt fully, he can belong anywhere. Miller allows us to see the tensions in the relationship between characters and so the dramatic irony of the charges by the "innocent children" is heighten.
Tituba is one of the characters in Miller's play The Crucible who is a black slave in a white community from Barbados. She does not have much say in her life and was a centre of...

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