Human Condition - "The Crucible" (arthur miller) and my related material (photo), misery vs. happiness

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The human condition encompasses both ends of the spectrum when it comes to the human emotions - being misery as well as happiness. The quote "The Human Condition involves both misery and happiness" is an accurate sketch of what I have understood from the human condition thus far in reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller and the photo Bondi by Marco Bok.

The Crucible is a play that portrays misery of the human condition through the use of its characters which generalise 'humans' and the intense dialogue provides a route for which these characters to express their suffering and misery brought about by their condition. Bondi is an image which depicts a large woman in a blissful state of happiness which is brought about by simplicity and the enjoyment of this simplicity. The simplicity in this image is a great contrast with the Crucible because the characters in the play are quite complex as they have motives, sins and hidden issues which eventually drive them to the darkness of the human condition that is misery.

Bondi by Marco Bok is anything but complex and as humans, we identify happiness with simplicity. The salient feature within the image is of the woman's wide smiling face which obviously reflects her being happy. The vector line runs down her body to her toes but en-route viewers notice her simple, pokadot dress which symbolises innocence as pokadots reflect child-like maturity which in turn reflects innocence.

The wearing of childish dress reinforces the image's message that is enjoyment of simply being because a large woman of her size cannot simply enjoy herself on a beach without considering societal views. Dress code is a significant element which makes up and differentiates societies and this photo has shown that aspect of society as insignigicant. This woman has...