The Crucible: When Reverend Parris begins to suspect witchcraft in the town, his first thought is to protect Betty and make her safe. He isn't always everyone's favorite character, nor is he willing to listen to anyone but himself, but he does have love, and that is towards his real daughter. But, alas, the reason it failed was only because his love wasn't a flame; it was only a light. A light only for Betty. If it had perhaps lit up others, such as Abigail (his niece), then she perchance might not have begun the witchcraft in the first place. Also, if Mrs. Proctor had not loved John Proctor with such a flame, I believe she would have convinced him to lie. And if he had lied to save his own life, I don't believe he would be seen as the same person that he is seen as now. She had the courage to let him do the right thing. And that takes a strong love; a fierce love that can conquer even the heaviest obstacles, including death.

This video explains the relationship Reverend Parris and Abigail, (his niece), had in comparison to the love Reverend Parris felt for Betty, (his real daughter.)



The Village: The bright love that shines in this story is the most evident and the most romantic, at least, in my opinion. Ivy can only see the dark, blind to all those who come before her. But Lucius proves to her that love is brighter than the darkness. She can sense him, feel his presence near, see his color. He gives her sight through his love. His quiet love that only withstands for her. Ivy, in turn, has to instead, prove her love to him by getting the courage to go forth into the woods. And she does. Lucius' love for her lit a flame inside of her heart. She is only able to stand and see because of him. And that is the deepest, most fearless love I have seen in the stories this year.

These next two videos display Ivy's courage and love and strength for Lucius. She is so in love and so burdened by Lucius' condition, she puts aside fear, goes on the treacherous journey of a lifetime, and almost faces death. It explains their love for one another, showing how deep and far it really does go.




The Shining: The lack of love in this story is extremely evident where Jack is concerned. At times, you could almost say that you know he loves his family. But the power of greed, the need of conceit, and the necessity of power overcome the love. Because his love is weak. Only a weak flame, not even a light. It can illuminate for a second's worth of time in the most critical moments, perhaps when he was about to kill Danny, his son. But, in others, it can give him the guts to go and hurt his wife, hurt her without a doubt. But where Wendy is concerned, her love conquers Jack's insanity. Her bright, flaming love for Danny gives her the strength to go against Jack and get out of the house, even though she fell in love with him so long ago. Through the pain, the confusion, and the heartbreak, she would do anything for her son, whereas, for Jack, she would give nothing. And that can be more powerful than insanity.