English III Friday, 9-26-14 Common Core Focus W.11.2: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of topics using reasoning, etc. W.11.9: Draw evidence from text to support reflection, research, etc. Standards 3003.5.12 Select an additional sentence to add to an argument within a persuasive text. 3003.5.13 Select a rebuttal statement that best refutes the writer’s viewpoint. 3003.5.14 Distinguish the strongest or weakest point of a given argument. Bellringer (This makes entry 9 – Grading on Monday!) Discuss hypocrisy. Proctor’s efforts to right the situation are tainted from the beginning because of two apparently trivial revelations by Cheever. This character, who hypocritically cloaks himself in pious “duty”, betrays the information that Proctor ripped the governor’s warrant and that he plows on Sunday. Significantly, however, Danforth does not seem to be sidetracked or overly impressed by these facts, saying that he “judges nothing” and resumes his interrogation of Proctor. What does Hale’s comment after each of these revelations hint about his changing attitude toward the authority of church and state? Due Dates Monday: Composition Notebooks Character Chart Mary Warren Bubble Sheet Tuesday: Persuasive Essay The Act Questions were not assigned, but if you did them—I will give you credit (extra credit) Read Act IV Herrick Sarah Good Tituba Hopkins (1 line) Danforth Cheever Parris Hale Elizabeth Proctor Rebecca Hathorn Discussion What is a tragedy? K.W. Krutch – Tragedy is essentially an expression of despair, but of the triumph over despair and of confidence in the value of human life. The Crucible – The essence of drama is conflict. This play abounds in conflicts which tend to arise from human failings. These human failings result in a lack of responsibility to oneself and to one’s society. Three fundamentals of tragedy are fulfilled: (1.) Through a torturous process of self-examination an individual arrives at a new realization of himself and his relationship to the world at large; (2.) The individual discovers in the necessity of making a decision in the face of insurmountable odds; (3.) Although the movement toward self-recognition leads to destruction, an affirmation of life is ultimately propounded. Discuss how John Proctor becomes a tragic hero and whether The Crucible is, in fact, a tragedy.