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The Human Condition The Three Texts "The Crucible" By Authur Miller, "Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening" By Robert Frost And The Play "12 Angry Men" Directed By Sidney Lumet

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The human condition is the way in which we carry out our roles and responsibilities; it is our judgments and accusations of others through ignorance, bias or self preservation, our search for the truth and our efforts to grapple with the challenges of life. It encompasses our every belief, temptation, emotion and thought. The three texts “The Crucible” by authur miller, “stopping by the woods on a snowy evening” by Robert Frost and the play “12 angry men” directed by Sidney Lumet; help to capture these diverse aspects of the human condition.“The Crucible” mirrors aspects of the human condition, such as facing temptation, the leveling of accusations based on opinion and ulterior motives which in turn creates adversity and the need to expose the truth. The play portrays these aspects through its emotive language/dialogue and characterization.“Abby I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I’ll ever reach for you again … We never touched, Abby.” In these lines from Act One we are able to see that John Proctor yielded to the temptation of lust. Through the imagery we see that he is no longer allowing himself to fall for the allure of the temptation and that he would rather cut off his hand than reach for Abigail again. “I know u clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I come near” metaphorically describes the lust and passion that John Procter was tempted by. All of which he ended after realizing his mistakes. He understands his responsibilities as a husband and wishes to become a faithful and honest man.Abigail Williams cleverly makes accusations of others “witchery”, which enable her to satisfy the ulterior motive of shifting the burden of shame from her shoulders on to those she named. “I danced for the devil; … I go back to Jesus; I kiss his hand. I saw Sarah Good with the devil! ... ” She also uses the success of her confession to make Salem suffer as we see in the quote “I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lesson I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men” that she has a strong compelling anger towards the town. Abigail creates adversity for those she named as they are prosecuted.The truth has the power to make a difference. “I beg you, sir, I beg you – see what she is… But it is a...

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