Universal Idea. "The recent attacks by Republican leaders and their ideological fellow-travelers on the effort to reform the health-care system have been so misleading, so disingenuous, that they could only spring from a cynical effort to gain partisan political advantage. By poisoning the political
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1. The Crucible Poisoning the Well By: Jewelia Lindsey
2. Universal Idea "The recent attacks by Republican leaders and their ideological fellow-travelers on the effort to reform the health-care system have been so misleading, so disingenuous, that they could only spring from a cynical effort to gain partisan political advantage. By poisoning the political well, they've given up any pretense of being the loyal opposition. They've become political terrorists, willing to say or do anything to prevent the country from reaching a consensus on one of its most serious domestic problems."
(Steven Pearlstein, "Republicans Propagating Falsehoods in Attacks on Health-Care Reform)
3. Poisoning the Well Def:
1.unfavorable info (be it true or false) about person A is presented. Therefore any claims person A makes will be false
4. Act 3 Pg226 Mary Warren. (pointing at Proctor.) Youíre the Devils man! (He is stopped in his tracks.)
Parris. Praise God!
Girls. Praise God!
Proctor (numbed). Mary how-?
Mary Warren. Ill not hang with you! I love God, I love God.
Danforth (to Mary). He bid you do the Devilís work?
Mary Warren (hysterically, indicating Proctor). He come at me by night and every day to sign, to sign, to-
Danforth. Sign What?
Parris. The Devilís book? He com e with a book?
Mary Warren (hysterically, pointing at Proctor fearful of him). My name, he want my name. ďIíll murder you,Ē he says, ďif my wife hangs. We must go and overthrow the court,Ē he says!
5. Act 3 Continued Mary Warren is accusing Proctor of being the Devilís man which he is not. Maryís statement is looked at as the truth, therefore anything John Proctor says is looked at as if he is lying.
6. Act 3 pg:212-213 Hale (to Parris, trying to contain himself.) His every defense an attack upon the court? Can no one-?
Parris. All innocent and Christian people are happy for the courts in Salem! These people are gloomy for it. ( To Danforth directly) And I think you will want to know, from each and everyone of them, what discontents them with you!
Hathorne. I think they ought to be examined, sir.
Danforth. It is not necessarily an attack, I think. Yet-
7. Act 3 pg 213 Continued Parris is saying that all Christians are happy with the courts. So when a person questions the court they must not be a Christian.