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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar the legendary basketball star once proclaimed One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team but one man cannot make a team Though individual leaders are vital components to the groups mission it takes the entire team to overcome daunting obstacles While one person may and others follow each role is integral in the path to success In The Crucible a play by Arthur Miller The Scarlet Letter a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Grapes of Wrath a novel by John Steinbeck people are opposed by oppressive and unfair communities but with the support of their allies they can stand up for their beliefsThe protagonists despite their dogged resilience find their self-respect unfairly threatened by the community In the beginning of The Scarlet Letter Hester finds that her philanthropic deeds are met with public scorn She grew to have a dread of children for they had imbibed from their parents a vague idea of something horrible in this dreary woman gliding silently through the town with never any companion but one child page 165 Hesters dignity and self-worth have withered as she cannot even face the criticism of the youth who are normally considered inferior to adults By their very nature children are typically representations of their parents viewpoints and they show how society as a whole scorns and represses her repenting spirit The children also cannot fully understand the meaning behind the enigmatic scarlet letter their contempt is unjustly fueled by their dislike of the differences in Hesters appearance not by the sin itself Furthermore in The Crucible John Proctor reveals his innermost weakness when his wife is taken by society Proctor says to Danforth God help me I lusted and there is a promise in such sweat But it is a whores vengeance and you must see it I set myself entirely in your hands page 102 Throughout the play Proctor avoids the sensitive topic of lechery the
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