Notes On The Crucible And Early American History Subject History: Early American With Literature

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Miller's Vision (The Crucible)A crucible is a contraption that changes low based metals into gold...They came to create a new Jerusalem.... the Puritans say that they have a new covenant and they will do again what history failed to do and they will do it right, to create a perfect community-- a new Jerusalem... they created Salem (Jeru-Salem)The Puritans new vision is to purfiy their new vision and that's how they start up, but by 1690 the community (crucible) changedThere is not much love like John Winthrop 1630 said but there is fear, hatred, envy... it is a place of radical change and instaed of changing base metal into gold, they started with a golden vision in a beautful place, it is changed into AMERICA, a place of "greed, cutthroat, envy" and more about materialism than spiritualism.The crucible ends in which you see a prison and going to the gallows, they are not emblomatic of the city on the hill but a culture based on power. The carceral system.This system is based on fear, intimidation, threat in order to maintain order.Oligarchy-- groups competing against each other and the wealthy come out on top... the Puritans have come and changed the land into it... turning gold into lead. The American dream into it's opposite, a nightmare, a place of freedom into a prison, and a pulpit (a place in which a spritual leader guides you) it becomes the gallows.Theocracy is a government based on religion. Parallel: Iran, Iraq, the Vatican.The founders are asking how they balance a strong central power with wants of the people.How is the devil used politically?-To control people-- to make keep control of the dangerous areas. The satan of ou r political world is Sadaam. He is symbolical of evil because he enables the centralized counctires tocontemplate and excercise their power. When we say he is evil, we are enlisted in a moral crusade and personal wants are set aside.The ongoing struggle between a centralized economy and the wants of the people is a dynamic and constantly going back and forth and as citiziens of this country, we are involved in this dynamic and that is part of what Jefforson called the great American Experiance.American Jerimiad:Jerimiad: as the name suggests come from the book of Jeremiah from the old testamentAngry w/ Hebrew in moral darkness and if they don't straigten up soon then God will punish them harshly, and so he bags on them to uphold their covenant with GodThe Jeremiad is picked up in the American experianceIt is a cultural ritual that develops in response to a perception of declension.Declension is a moral/cultural declineThree Inventions of New England:vision of pastoral paradise in which life is easy and sweetpuritans come along and reinvent it as the howling wildernessNew England is the cultural Mecca (because it was settled by great intellectual thinkers)There is a perception of NE as different than the rest of the country that persistsThe Day of DoomDrought came to punishGod is speakinghe swept the indians away...

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