The Crucible and Othello- Comparisons in Belonging

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When one thinks about belonging, they may or may not be thinking about the same things as the person next to them. One person may feel that belonging is all about family, one, community, another, where they live or work. This is due to the concept of belonging being a very subjective and complex topic. No matter what or where, there is belonging and when there is no belonging; there is a noticeable absence. Belonging is inevitable, and everywhere we go whether we notice it or not it is a prominent feature. Authors will exploit this core human attribute to create interest in the readers, evoke emotions and to explore the basics of human life. What does belonging mean to you?

An example of this belonging is found in both Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and William Shakespeare’s Othello. In both of these plays, the playwrights have manipulated the concept of belonging and explored the belonging of humans to create strong characters in their texts. Belonging is found in every text whether it be comedy or tragedy alike, they are all based around belonging, so within the works of these two authors, interest is drawn by the responders through their takes on belonging. Every move made by a character, every word spoken and every decision they make is all the work of the authors themselves.

Context is a major feature that is involved with the way these authors have written about belonging, as when the times change, so does the value of certain aspects of society. One idea that coincides with belonging is that of reputation and reputation is held of great importance during both the 1600s and the 60s, the contexts in which Othello was written and the Salem Witch Trials took place, but also includes the year when The Crucible was written. John Proctor, the protagonist and successful, powerful farmer in Salem values his reputation in society highly. Miller, on page 27
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