The Danger of Suspicion In The Crucible, Arthur Miller tells the story of a town that is completely out of control. People accuse each other of witchcraft, even though no are witches in Salem. Several things led to the mass panic. A major factor is, that the people in the town of Salem had a deep distrust for each other. They were jealous and always suspected that the other people were trying to take things that were not theirs.
Repression is the action of subduing someone or something by force. Often times, the act of repressing one is used as a defense mechanism. Every form of repression sparks a rebellion. In the Crucible, the citizens are socially repressed due to them practicing the puritan faith. The repressing of Abigail’s emotions causes drama between John Proctor and his wife.
The Salem Witch Trials were caused by hysteria, popularity, and revenge. Hysteria is defined as uncontrollable excitement, especially among a group of people. In the book there were a group of people (the Puritans ) who all were paranoid over something that isn’t even that large of a conflict. In the book accusations of neighbors, sisters, brothers, mothers, and even fathers being witches spread like a wildfire. “By March,
The Crucible also known as the Salem witch trials and the duke lacrosse case were both a turning point in history for America. Both of the events harmed many people in a number of ways. Although the crucible was a lot harsher, they both compare and differentiate in a plethora of ways. For example, they compare because of the lack of evidence used and the false accusations told upon the people. They contrast because of the way the accusers were treated at the end of it, and because of all the lies told.
Saddam Hussein is similar to Macbeth in many different ways. Because Macbeth was so reliant on the prophecies of the witches , he became paranoid when the visions involved his future being in danger. His paranoia led to his many mental breakdowns that tore him apart because of the evil roots he planted. Saddam Hussein was a very paranoid leader. His way through the ladder was stirring fear through the people to get what he wanted.
“The Crucible” by Arthur Miller and The Red Scare share many characteristics. “The Crucible” describes the Salem Witch Trials. These trials were during a period of time where men and women were very rancorous so others feared to speak up because they would be accused of witchcraft and killed. Similar to Arthur Miller’s book, the Red Scare was a period of time in the late 40’s and 50’s in which United States citizens were intensely paranoid of an opposing threat of communism in Eastern Europe and Asia and ultimately communists infiltrating the United States. What the Red Scare and “The Crucible” have in common is that accusations of witchcraft or communism were false, people were blind to the truth, and the accusers weren’t very tactful and
The Crucible: John Proctor’s Opposition In the story known as, “The Crucible”, a character known as John Proctor has wishes and desires that conflict directly with the society where he lives and his own conscious. The ramifications for his natural and circumstantial disposition of anti-conformity clearly create conflict in between John Proctor and the town which he called home. To further investigate the reasoning behind his rebellious zeal and untimely death we need to examine John Proctor’s main two conflicts during the Salem witch trials. To begin, Mr. Proctor was no stranger to being known as an insubordinate. He would break a, very high, cultural expectation at the time by not attending church (Due mostly to his personal disagreements with the reverend).
Her anger toward the possibility of anyone telling the truth struck fear into them with her maniacal threat against them. This only made the hysteria last longer with their lies. Anger greatly impacted the witch trial hysteria in Salem. The truth wasn’t able to be told. Another key role to the hysteria was jealousy.
Everyday fear, hysteria, and revenge are big factors of life. A person is either afraid of something, have hysteria about something, or want revenge. In "The Crucible" there is a lot of fear with the trials of witchery, hysteria also with the witchery and revenge for all the false accusations about being a witch. The witchery cause loads of fear because no one wanted to be accused or wanted a loved one to be accused. There were people being accused that everyone would not have suspected.
The Salem witch trials are remembered as one of the most disgraceful acts a village has ever committed. One of the main causes of these events are the bibliocentric views of the community at that time. People often called witch on their neighbors to get more land, or cried witch at someone they simply didn’t like. There were 19 hangings during the Salem Witch Trials and one of the main reasons for this was Reverend Parris. At the start of The Crucible, By Arthur Miller, you see that one of the central causes of the witch trials was because he was more concerned with his own reputation than the lives of others.