The song “Devils and Dust” by Bruce Springsteen is related in many ways to the book, The Crucible. The theme of this song, like the book, is that fear and faith can control who you are. The line “Fear is a powerful thing, baby” (Springsteen), is repeated many times throughout the song. I think that in the book, Procter will be stopped by fear in saving his wife. The song also says, “We’ve got God on our side/ We’re just trying to survive” (Springsteen). I thought of this to be Procter and his wife, that they know that they’re not witches and so does God but that they are just trying to survive with the court and doing what they think will get them away alive. This goes back to the theme of fear; if Procter and Goody Procter being fearful will stop them from standing up for themselves. In The Crucible at the end of Act 1, people were calling out people who they have thought to be seen with the devil. In the song, “I got my finger on the trigger/ But I don’t know who to trust” (Springsteen) no one know who to trust either. People have “their fingers on the trigger” pointing at all the witches but when in all reality, they don’t know who the witches really are. The tones of these two pieces are also a lot alike. The tone of “Devils and Dust” is saying that, “Fear is a powerful thing, baby/ It’ll turn your hear black you can trust” (Springsteen). This shows that the power of fear will take god out of your soul and put the devil in it, but the song also says that “I’ve god on my side”, which shows that faith can be there to overcome that. This is all the same in The Crucible as well. They all need to have the faith in god, and get over the fear that may be there to save them and loved ones of being accused of witchcraft.
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From this lesson I learned a lot about daily intake. I learned how important it is to make sure that you are eating enough but to make sure you don’t eat too much. I also learned that there are more then just calories, and that you have to pay attention to sugars and protein, and so many other things on food labels. Serving size is a huge deal because many people aren’t used to the portion of food that they should be eating. I learned a lot more then just facts that I should be looking for though, I learned that I should be watching what I eat too, because when I looked at how many calories I should be taking in it is way under what I should be eating. The average 14-18 year old girl should be eating about 2000 calories. The calories I and eating are probably not good calories to be eating. There is also a lot of sodium in what I eat, which isn’t good. Most of the food in our lunch line doesn’t have these nutritional labels that kids should be reading. I really think it would be better for a lot of people’s health if there were food labels on everything, even here at school. I think this lesson made everyone think about all the bad things they are eating and what they should be watching about the foods they eat too. This was a really good lesson to go over because it will make people think about the food they are taking in everyday.