“Literature may, at times, act to hold a mirror up to the reader wherein they may glimpse a reflection of themselves.” To me, this quotation means that while reading any form of literature, the reader is able to connect to the characters in the work. Although the characters in a work of literature will not resemble the same personalities and individual values as the reader, oftentimes the reader is still able to recognize similar qualities within the characters. I agree with this quote, because I have read many works of literature in which I have been able to connect with one or more characters, whether it is through experiences, morals, interests, or any other aspect of the character’s personality. This idea is clearly established in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Although the characters in The Crucible do not reflect the exact qualities of my personality, I am still able to make connections to them. Throughout the play, I was able to see many reflections of myself in several characters. One character that I was able to connect to as the play progressed was Reverend John Hale. One quality of Reverend Hale that stood out to me was his undying determination to find the truth for himself. In life, we are often faced with rumors, gossip, or hear things that do not seem true to us. Like Hale, I believe that whenever we encounter such situations, we should not automatically assume that what we hear is true. Instead, I believe that we should make a point to find the truth for ourselves, so that we are able to know the reality of these situations. As the play went on, Hale realized that the growing rumors spreading throughout Salem concerning witchcraft might not have all been true. Therefore, he decided to take it upon himself to find out the truth. By doing this, Reverend Hale was able to discover for himself what was true and what was untrue, regardless of what other people were saying about the matters. I have always been one who tries to do the same, because I have learned that the majority of rumors are not true. By doing the same thing as Hale and discovering the truth for myself, I am able to avoid confusion and lies, and I have learned that you should always find things out for yourself before you assume that they are true. Another character from The Crucible that resembled some of my own personal qualities was John Proctor. John Proctor was a well-known, well-respected man in the Salem community, and everyone in Salem associated his name with good. However, Proctor was not a completely good person, because he has sinned. Later on in the play, when Proctor is tried in court, he realizes his sins, and although it will cost him his life, he confesses to the court and tells the truth. Ultimately, Proctor’s honesty leads to his death. This sudden realization is an example of epiphany. Miller’s use of epiphany in Proctor’s situation adds to the suspense and excitement of this particular point in the play. I am able to connect to John Proctor because I share his values of honesty. Even though Proctor could have saved his own life by lying to the court, he knew that being honest and telling the truth to the court would ultimately result in the best in the end. He was able to realize his mistakes, admit he was wrong, and redeem himself by being honest. I always try to be the same way, because I know that lies progressively become worse in the long run. I believe that being able to realize your own mistakes and admit them honestly is a great quality to have, and being honest is always a better thing to do than starting a false lie or rumor. An additional character in the play that I am able to connect with is Mary Warren. As the play progresses, Mary Warren is faced with a very difficult situation. She has to choose whether to tell the truth about Abigail Williams to save John and Elizabeth Proctor, or side with Abigail because she is her friend. She would like to…
apparent contradiction which is actually true.
Parallelism: a repetition of sentences using the same structure.
Parody: a work designed to ridicule the style and substance of another literary work.
Passive voice: in the passive voice, the subject of the sentence is neither a do-er or a be-er, but is acted upon by some other agent or by something unnamed.
Pastoral: a literary work that has to do with shepherds and rustic settings.
Pathos: occurs when the audience experiences the emotions of pity,…
CONNECTION IN TIME
Samantha J Stroud
ENG 125 Introductions to Literature
Instructor: Lesa Hadley
Submitted on: February 24, 2014
Theme is defined by Webster’s dictionary online as “a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work” (Webster).The theme death and Impermanence describes life cycles and human behavior in its’ gravest sense. Authors are often able to use literature to show just how vulnerable humans can be and yet somehow managing to find elegant, beautiful…
GLOSSARY OF LITERARY TERMS TO KNOW FOR THE AP EXAMS IN ENGLISH
I have grouped these to make it easier to study and to test.
absolute—a word free from limitations or qualifications (“best,” “all,” “unique,” “perfect”)
adage—a familiar proverb or wise saying
ad hominem argument—an argument attacking an individual’s character rather than his or her position on an
allegory—a literary work in which characters, objects, or actions represent abstractions…
Quick List of Common Literary Terms
(Terms most applicable to AP Literature are in bold.)
Abstract Language-Language describing ideas and qualities rather than observable or specific things, people, or places. The observable or "physical" is usually described in concrete language.
Ad homonym—Latin for "against the man." When a writer personally attacks his or her opponents instead of their arguments
Ad populum—Latin for "to the crowd." A fallacy of logic in which the widespread occurrence…
Literary Elements (15 questions as definitions; additional questions in reading
comprehension) Define the following:
a brief reference to a person, event, or place, real or fictitious, or to a
work of art.
ex: talking about cupid in romeo and juliet.
a character that contrasts another character to highlight traits of that other
ex: king duncan is a foil to macbeth
the comparison of two pairs who have the same relationship.
ex: hot is to cold as fire is to ice…
Symbolism Connecting “The Gospel According To Mark” and the Bible
Symbolism and setting often play a large role in developing a deeper, more engaging story. The setting helps to set the mood for the reader and the symbols help to convey a deeper meaning that the author feels is important. An allegory combines both setting and symbolism to create a “story within a story” as a way to convey the previously mentioned deeper meaning. “The Gospel According to Mark” is a great example of an allegory…
BIB – 104
The Great Literary Works of Solomon
A collection of books are written by several authors, with one predominant author in each book. These collections form part of the Old Testament. Both books point the reader to God. They give us insight into God's character. Psalms is David responding to God with praise and worship. Psalms offers us a glimpse into the hearts of men who follow the living God and sought him out at some point in their lives. The…
LITERARY TERMS LIST: PRE-AP ENGLISH II
ALLEGORY: a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
ALLITERATION: Repeating a consonant sound in close proximity to others, or beginning several words with the same vowel sound.
ALLUSION: A casual reference in literature to a person, place, event, or another passage of literature, often without explicit identification.
ANALOGY: A comparison between two things, typically…
How did the narrator
of “Marigolds” define
“coming of age”?
Entry Task: 9/26
Materials Needed: Spring Board, journal, writing utensil
a literary device in which a writer gives
an advance hint of what is to come
later in the story
the arrangement of two or more things
for the purpose of comparison.
Examples of Juxtaposition
Paragraph 60 is especially rich in
juxtaposition. What textual examples
of this did you find? What is the…