Fear And Hysteria In The Crucible

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Fear and Hysteria can cause people to act in ways that they never thought possible. In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the characters Cheever and Mary Warren both act in unusual ways because of fear and hysteria. This is evident in their interactions with others regarding witchcraft. John Proctor realizes how fear is affecting his life and the life of other people in the town. While Mary Warren is being accused of witchcraft he interjects with, “If [Mary Warren] is innocent! Why do you never wonder if Parris be innocent, or Abigail. Is the accuser always holy now?”(Miller 77). This shows how John Proctor realizes that hysteria and fear affect Salem and notes how the ones accusing are never met with questions of proof. Similarly, Mr.
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