Examples Of Hysteria In The Crucible

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller relates to many hysterias that happen in reality. This book gives us the attention to this repetitive problem, and to prevent it in the future we can be more aware of what’s happening, and how to handle it. Likewise, The Red Scare was caused by the people themselves, there were many concerns in Eastern Europe and China about the issue of communism. The general idea of this novel is that there are continuous cases of hysteria that have happened in the past which is why Arthur Miller decided to make this novel and based off of his own experiences, he decided to bring consciousness on this matter; he wants people to understand the concept of hysteria. Although Fear was influenced into their minds, one element that …show more content…

Danforth displayed the actions of pride through multiple actions. He acts superior as if there is no one superior to him because he has complete control of everyone’s decision whether to live or die. Thus, he made Giles Corey seem as if he is unimportant and worthless towards the court. He says, “And how do you imagine to help her cause with such contemptuous riot? Now be gone. Your old age alone keeps you out of jail for this.” Danforth’s self-importance was clouding his better judgment. When Giles wasn’t being disrespectful in any way, only to get his point across, Danforth snaps, “It is disruption, Mister. This is the highest court of the supreme government of this province, do you know it?” (89). This shows that he doesn’t care about anyone voicing their thoughts, he only cares about his own judgment. As he is talking to Reverend Hale, he is so certain that no one will deny this accusation of everyone doing some sort of activity that involves witchery. He tells Hale, “As for the witches, none will deny that we are most eager for all their confessions. …show more content…

She denied so hard that she had no relation with John Proctor, and tried remaining good in front of everyone's eyes. Little did she know, her lie was soon to come out. If she had just admitted to liking Proctor and doing all of this because of him, then everyone would have been saved. Due to her pride, she didn't want to admit that she was involved until the situation was out of control. Her pride occurred when Betty was not waking up, and many people were accusing Abby for doing witchcraft, especially because she was taken off the service of John and Elizabeth Proctor. The accusation of her having a relation of some sort with John Proctor triggered her, and she became prideful. If she just admitted to it in the beginning then the witch trial wouldn’t have happened, but when Reverend Parris blamed her, she said, “Do you begrudge my bed, uncle? My name is good in the village! I will not have it said my name is soiled! Goody Proctor is a gossiping liar” (13). This showed how prideful she became over this sensitive issue, and automatically blamed Elizabeth Proctor. She lied so she doesn’t have to go through the shame, and have her name be spat on in the village. Even so, when she was asked if she was sold to the imaginary devil Lucifer, she responds with, “I never sold myself! I’m a good girl! I’m a proper girl!” (45). She was trying to defend herself by claiming how good she is. Her pride was also speaking

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