The Crucible, The Great Gatsby And Of Mice And Men Essay

1358 Words May 12th, 2016 6 Pages
The American Dream, the equal opportunity for men and women to work hard all their life and get to a point where they can retire and live comfortably without worrying about money. They have everything they need a family, money, and a house. Of course that is one of the many takes on The American Dream and throughout history the meaning of The American Dream has changed. The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, and Of Mice and Men all play on this concept. The Crucible by Author Miller is about the witch trials in Salem Massachusetts that took place in 1692. John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth Proctor are accused of performing witchery and are put up for trial and throughout the book John fights these accusations and tries to free his wife. At this time The American Dream was having religious freedom but few were ready to accept this change. Miller writes ‘“ There are many others who stay away from church these days because you hardly ever mention God anymore’” (Miller 29). John Proctor doesn’t visit church anymore because he does not believe in what they are preaching. As a result of this he gets into some trouble and the people of Salem think he is up to no good. Reverend Hale says, “I have seen too many frightful proofs in court - the Devil is alive in Salem, and we dare not quail to follow wherever the accusing finger points” (Miller 75). They people of Salem do not hesitate to imprison people if they are accused of witchcraft even if they have clean backgrounds and are religious…

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