Arthur Miller on his 1968 play “The Price”. Reminds me of a Zola quote, “if you take the truth and bury it, it can’t but grow.” Reality must be reckoned with the past does not disappear because we want it to. #ThePriceBway
Started my annotation of ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller! Here are my tips for annotating plays:
analyze dramatic devices and literary devices separately; they’re not synonymous and can have different meanings! however, they can work together to create a theme
separate the play by placing a bookmark or special sticky note at each act (and scene, if applicable); this makes annotation more organized as it’s easier to reference annotations when working with a group (since everyone may not have the same version of the book)
this also helps to group annotations together in your mind as they are separated by acts in your book
don’t be afraid to write in the margins if it’s a personal copy of the book; this way you can draw physical connections between characters, lines, and annotations to show the relation between the two
compare annotations with other students; this increases the chances that you got all of the meaning you could have gotten out of a particular page; now you’re not going to miss anything!
annotate the little things; on an essay, while it is important to point out the major obvious details, it is also important to acknowledge the smaller instances in order to demonstrate how you are paying attention to the text even during lulls in plot
save sticky-notes by cutting them in half for shorter annotations; you’re getting two sticky-notes for the price of one!
Yesterday I got a question in my ask about any wisdom from yours truly and I said to read more things that challenge your worldview and force you out of your comfort zone. I gave a short list of suggested books but I have expanded it upon request. So here you go!
-Confessions, by Augustine (I read this at least three or four times a year, it’s an autobiography and testimonial based in a Christian worldview but valuable for anyone in my opinion)
-The Art of War, by Sun Tzu -The Analects, by Confucius
-Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
-Plutarch’s Lives vol. one and two (autobiography)
-Socrates: A Man for Our Times, by Paul Johnson
-No Hiding Place: An Autobiography & Asylum: An Alcoholic Takes the Cure, by William Seabrook (this book man… read it.)
-Ann Judson: The Missionary Life for Burma (Ann Judson is one of my personal heroes)
-Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
-Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, by Edward Albee (a play, necessary read in my opinion)
-Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller (yet another play, I’m a theater person and honestly that’s a whole separate list)
-1984, by George Orwell (most people read this in high school but if you haven’t DO IT)
-Night, by Elie Wiesel (much more well known as of late, but it you haven’t read it it will change your life. Read it twice a year at LEAST)
-The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden, both by John Steinbeck
-Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan (fun fact: this book has NEVER been out of print since first being published)
-Anthem, by Ayn Rand
-A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf
-The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (holy SHIT)
-The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
-A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking
-A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael, by Elisabeth Eliot (Elisabeth Eliot is one of my other big heroes, honestly if you like or are interested in any Christian literature read this - you don’t have to be a believer to appreciate it)
-The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, by Giorgio Vasari (literally SO COOL)
-The Man Without a Country, by Edward E. Hale (if you’re like me and got interested in early American history thanks to Hamilton, READ THIS)
-12 Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup (I don’t care if you’ve seen the movie or haven’t, read this)
-Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. King
-Hunger, by Knut Hamson (reading this is an odd experience on it’s own, even more odd knowing that Hamson was a Nazi sympathizer)
-Why Don’t We Learn from History, and Strategy, both by BH Liddell Hart (I haven’t read these yet but apparently they are a must)
-Ask the Dust, by John Fante
-Death Be Not Proud, by John Gunther (a profound reading experience)
-Losing the War, by Lee Sandlin (I haven’t read this yet either, apparently it’s an essay about WWII that’s a necessary read for everyone. My theater professor recommended it and I trust the hell out of him. I think it’s free online)
-The Measure of My Days, by Florida Scott Maxwell (READ THIS)
-The Power Tactics of Jesus Christ and Other Essays, by Jay Haley (I promise, this isn’t what you expect it to be)
That’s it for now! Hope this list helps someone expand their reading comfort zone!
Okay, okay. Trying not to hyperventilate. I could go on for a long time on books. I’ll try to keep it short.
Mixing fiction and non; no particular order…
The Great Gatsby* by F. Scott Fitzgerald: A nearly perfect book. Love it.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller: Hilarious and sad. This book totally bowled me over when I read it. One of the few books I’ve read more than once (I’m a very slow reader).
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol: The first half of this book is one of the greatest works ever written. The second half has more to do with the extratextual events of the writer. We’ll never see how the book was supposed to end.
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potocki: It shocked me how exciting this book was for the era it was written in. Up there with Catch-22 for the most fun read.
Don Quixote by Cervantes: Possibly the greatest novel ever written. Quite engaging. Surprised me in that way, like Moby Dick.
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: Hard to choose one, but Virginia Woolf is the best writer the world has ever seen.
The Epic of Gilgamesh*: Again, blew me away. The oldest story; a sad, haunting tale about mortality.
Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov: And so is this one. Relevant today. A jarring portrait of the dangerous of inertia.
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez: I’ll need to read this one again, but I was quite taken with it when I did. A reading experience I cherished.
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende: Possibly the best YA book ever written—and I’ve read Matilda. Brilliant metanarrative and inventive use of physical text.
True Grit* by Charles Portis: Another haunting, perfect book, like Gatsby. The recent film adaptation was actually quite good; very close to the feel of the book. Was quite pleased with it.
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov: Another inventive use of text. Nabokov’s writing has influenced mine a great deal, like Joseph Heller.
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton: Incredible albeit sad story.
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: Ralph Ellison may be the greatest American prose stylist. This book is amazing.
Death of a Salesman* by Arthur Miller: It’s a play, but I read it as a book. The only book I ever picked up and started to read casually that I absolutely could not put down until I finished it. Shocking and powerful.
Cat’s Cradle* by Kurt Vonnegut: His best. Extraordinary.
Moominland Midwinter* by Tove Jansson: Okay. Kids’ book, yes. Short story collection, yes. Not a typical entry in the series (they’re mostly novels), yes. But one of the most depressing and insightful examinations of human loneliness I’ve ever seen. Some of these stories just…wow.
Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt: Potentially fabricated? Yes. Nevertheless important and powerful? Definitely. The dream is extraordinary.
Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins: His best. The only story he ever gave an ending.
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev: Heartbreaking.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston: Probably everyone reads it in high school now, but you know what? That’s a good thing. Incredible story.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Another incredible prose stylist. The writing is astounding.
Not even going to get into picture books (Mr. Plumbean, The Paperbag Princess, The Missing Piece, The Giving Tree…). Also didn’t list the huge books (Journey to the West, War and Peace, Ullyses, The Buru Quartet), all of which contain multitudes. Also didn’t get into the weird stuff I read (most of it by E. T. A. Hoffmann). But this is a start. I put an asterisk next to the short ones (at least those I remember as being short. Some are close). Some of the most influential books I read, though; some of the best. Got a lot on my “to read” list. I’ll get there.
disillusioned, yet still idealistic, favorite son:
you've failed me morally and as a father. now i'm going to move out of state and take up a career you don't want me to, because even the thought of following in your footsteps revolts me.
formerly beloved suburban patriarch:
but can't you see... I did it all for you, and also, for the American Dream?
The Goody Proctor meme has its origins rooted in The Crucible, a play by U.S. playwright and essayist Arthur Miller. The play is set during the Salem Witch trials, in which the residents of a town turn on one another and decry others as witches.
A pivotal moment in the play is when a character yells “I saw Goody Proctor with the Devil!”