Hello all. My name is Declan and this is the wikispace I have made for my Honors American Literature class. If you're listening to the song, you may be wondering "How does this apply to anything at all?" But fear not, for I have an answer. This is a song by Foo Fighters entitled Hell. It is about being in a situation or perhaps just a state of mind that would make anyone miserable. This is undoubtedly the situation and the state of mind that a man by the name of John Proctor from Arthur Miller's The Crucible was in. The Crucible is a fictional play based on the Salem Witch Trials of the 1690's. If the Salem Witch Trials happen to tickle your fancy and make you want to learn more, here is a link to the Wikipedia article about them.

As our class read The Crucible I found myself thinking about how all the nice and innocent people end up in their own personal hell. And this got me thinking about that age old saying, "Nice guys finish last." At first, I thought this was a little cynical. But after a while, I realized that almost every story has the nice guy in last place for at least a portion of the story. So that is what I am going to analyze in this project.

If you think about it, hardly any stories don't involve the protagonist falling behind and facing some sort of conflict. The only difference between that and my philosophy is whether or not they end up behind when the story comes to a close. This usually only occurs in the more depressing stories, such as The Crucible. Which makes me wonder if Miller's moral or theme to The Crucible was that not everything works out. So if you feel like getting a little more depressed, go ahead and follow the links on the left side of this page and we'll analyze examples of when nice guys finish last. Enjoy.

Arthur Miller Before He Was Old and Wrinkled