Sometimes in order to belong we lose our individuality as we conform to what others want:
* “I am a good girl. I am a proper girl!” – Abigail
* “There is either obedience or the church will burn like hell is burning” – Reverend Parris
A sense of belonging is conforming and sharing the same beliefs, even if you are in individual.
* “She is a mouse no more” – Proctor about Mary Warren
* “Theology is a fortress” – Hale
* “Leave me my name” – Proctor
* “A person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between” – Danforth
The need or feeling to belong can be strong enough that it can lead to belonging and exclusion.
* Check the scene where Abigail is in court and accusing Mary Warren of making the birds appear in the courtroom
* “I’ll not hang with you I love God, I love God” – Mary Warren
* “I do not think I see some shred of goodness in John Proctor. Not enough to weave a banner with but white enough to keep it from such dogs” – Proctor
A sense of self worth can be undermined, when an individual can’t live up to the expectations of the community.
* “I will not black my name for any of them!” – Abigail
* “There won’t be a blush against my name” – Abigail
* “I have given you my soul, leave me my name” – Proctor
* “I came into this village like a bridegroom to his beloved, bearing gifts of high religion; the very crowns of holy law I brought, and what I touched with my bright confidence, it died; and where I turned the eye of my great faith, blood flowed up.”
Belonging can change relationships.
* “It’s winter in here yet” – Proctor to Elizabeth
* “I speak my own sins I cannot judge another” – Proctor
* “He have his goodness now God forbid I take it from him” – Elizabeth