Thursday, February 16, 2017

Polster Article

Howdy juniors!

Please read the following article tonight and be ready to discuss it tomorrow. As you read, make note of any questions you have about the content, and take general notes as you read. When you are finished, post in a comment the most interesting thing that you have found below!

Here is the article:

www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=106671&SID=5&iPin=BLTCD011&SingleRecord=True.

To access, use the password on this sheet: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4rMgozh1yJFcE1wSVVCekpsYzBPYmpvY1c5Y2NzSlEyaEhr/view

Thank you!

Mr. Healy

13 comments:

  1. I thought it was interesting how Molly Kazan retaliated with her play to express how she disagreed with Miller. She believed in communists and undermined her own country. It's interesting to see different sides to the story and what people actually believed ans thought back then. There was a lot of good facts and explanations to The Crucible but this paragraph stood out.

    ReplyDelete
  2. It was interesting to learn that Miller was writing this to speak out against fear and the abuse of civil liberties for national security. The line that mentioned how his work "provided essential space for disobeying government ideology" was a great explanation, as he felt ideology was used to "attain and confirm power in a society". Miller and this article do a great job comparing two times of fear in history.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I thought it was interesting how its still an issue we face today. This has been a problem throughout the history of our country, you would think we would learn from history and not keep doing these things.

    ReplyDelete
  4. It was interesting how Miller was able to write a play around events that conspired two and a half centuries before the events he was trying to relate them to. Also interesting is Miller's comment about the play being produced in Latina America, saying; "it's either that a dictator is about to arise and take over, or he has just been over-thrown". The article also mentions how the play can also be an allegory for the much more recent war on terror. Miller's work is extremely impressive on the variety of political situations it can be applied to.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I thought it was really interesting how Kazan first believed that even though he hated communism now, that he should not go in front of the committee because he used to believe in it, but then decided that he wasn't willing to give up his career to defend it, but Miller, who was not even apart of the communist party was disgusted that Kazan would go and cooperate with the committee.

    ReplyDelete
  6. "The play write could only say that he thought these dark times would pass and that they had to pass or it would destroy the country" I really like this sentence because I think it is something many people can relate to in todays politics. I also thought it was interesting that Miller wrote the Crucible to use as a "political weapon"

    ReplyDelete
  7. I thought it was interesting how Miller's The Crucible related to his personal experiences and the idea of either saving yourself or putting others before you. An example in The Crucible of putting others before you was when "Proctor was given the chance to chance to save his life by confessing to witchery and naming names, but, in an act of civil disobedience, he chose death over betraying his integrity and the towns people" I also though it was interesting that Kazan, who does not like the HUAC, ended up confessing to them and giving up seven names of his former Group Theatre. Over all the article was a great source of information on the fear associated with war.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I thought that it was interesting that people almost retaliated against Miller's "beliefs" / expression, The Crucible. Molly Kazan openly wrote a play about the communists, because she believed in Communism and she also opposed his ideas of witch craft in Salem. Elia Kazan also opposed Miller, with his film, On the Waterfront. "Secrecy serves the communists." This quote stood out because Kazan is stating that being secretive and not open as a whole is what the communists benefit from and feed off of.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I thought that the article was interesting with the way it used the Salem Witch Trials and the HUAC hearings to show that there always has been some sort of civil liberties compromise for national security. As well as showing that Miller exposed the wrongs of the government and corrupt ideologies.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I think it is interesting how Molly Kazan wrote a play to "retaliate" against Miller's. It was presented as a challenge and she clearly had very different views than he did. Miller was very liberal and felt threatened by the anti-communist views since he had previously attended Communists writer's meetings.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I thought it was interesting how Molly Kazan went against her husband's friend's play and wrote against it. Knowing it could possibly open light on the treatment of communist in the 50's it amazes me she wouldn't want Aurthur Miller to publish and go forth with his work to change the minds of so many Americans.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I think the most interesting thing about this is that, despite multiple examples of cultures being persecuted throughout our history as human beings all the way back to biblical times. It still happens. We as human being still haven't learned. Multiple books and stories have been written but no change. When we look at back at our actions we are horrified and full of remorse yet we turn right around and continue. The Crucible used the Salem witch trials to parallel American fears of communism which were the problems of the day. Yet we don't take this and apply to our daily dealings with the political persecution of the Muslim people.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I think that it's interesting how history seems to repeat itself in these situations. You'd think that people would change they way acted to avoid history repeating itself but that's not the case.

    ReplyDelete