Examples Of Hysteria In The Crucible

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In the 1790s, the French bourgeoisie were responsible for many deaths of powerful political peoples. In the early 20th century, prominent African Americans were targeted for attacks on their homes. The Gestapo hunted “enemies of the state” in Nazi occupied territories. And in 1692 and ‘93, the small town of Salem also followed this same line of conduct. It is a law of nature that those in power who fear or detest others will seek to have those ‘others’ silenced. The justification for these deplorable acts is that these attacks are for the betterment of the masses. Sacrifices are suggested only by those who seek to profit, unless it is their own life. In all examples of mass hysteria, superstition leads to prejudice. In Nazi Germany, the idea that Jews were responsible for the horrible reparations after the Great War was common. It was thought that negroes in the 20th century were lazy panhandlers. The bourgeoisie seeked to rid France of their current politicians because it was assumed that anyone with political power during the king’s reign seeked to overthrow the new government. The term “witch hunt” best describes these scenarios, and it is no coincidence that Arthur Miller writes about the inspiration for the term when he describes McCarthyism in The Crucible. It is through this use of hysteria that influential people gain more power. In Salem, the girls throwing witchcraft accusations gain their standing because of the fear that Lucifer is in Salem. The first instance

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