In the crucible one of the themes was impacting false accusations. One of the accusations was how Abigail (one of our main characters), accused a poor woman named Sarah good that was a beggar. Abbey accused her of witchery by fainting and saying she saw her spirt. So when they told her that she was going to be hanged if she doesn’t confess she confessed. This shows how the court listened to anyone who “cries witchery”, Sarah was and easy target because she was the lowest class in society. Another accusation was how Abbey accused Elizabeth (the wife of John Procter) that she sent her spirit after her by using a puppet that was critically placed or thought out to be at
Over 127,00 U.S. citizens were imprisoned during World War 2 just because of having japanese ancestry. Putting the Japanese Americans into internment camps shows how there was hatred and unjust behavior towards one another in America. This is also shown in Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible”. The Crucible and the Japanese internment camps also have something in common, they both were caused by hysteria and greed. In both of these incidents, the people that were being accused were average citizens. The witches that were being accused were normal people whose only fault was not being liked by a fellow citizen. The accused Japanese were average American citizens like you and me; their only fault was
I think you have a valid point but with so many people accused of rape, murder, etc... and the number of times someone has been falsely accused of one of these events, backed up logs of DNA tests to go through, evidence being lost or getting mixed up with another individual, so on and so on. I don't think we should have modern day witch hunts just because someone is accused of a crime that they may not have committed. Obviously, it isn't a quick process of being accused but there have been individuals who were convicted of crimes and released decades later, some even being exonerated after their death. We should work harder to get through cases, so that those who have done the crime are actually
As shocking as it may seem to hear, witch hunts still exist in modern times. One of the most prevalent examples of a modern day witch hunt was the case of the Scottsboro boys in the 1930s. The Scottsboro case revolved around nine innocent African-American teenagers charged with the gang rape of two white women, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates, on a train in 1931. It dealt with issues of racism, prejudiced juries, and rushed trials, causing it to be cited
In both The Crucible and in modern day witch hunts, witch hunts are caused out of fear or for personal gain. Jill Schonebelen wrote a research paper on Witchcraft allegations, refugee protection and human rights. Throughout this article, it mentions the persecution of witches today in communities around the globe, mentioning the flashbacks of similar strategies that were used in the past, doing different types of tortures.In Modern days, recent generations have abandoned wonderful traditions. Rather, recollecting others with distasteful memories such as witchcraft. Fear, accusations, and doing things for personal gain is a natural human instinct. Similar to The Crucible , a majority of the characters reacted the way they did out of fear,
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is about the people of 17th century Salem, Massachusetts during a dangerous and dynamic period. The people of Salem were Puritans and very religious so they associated witchcraft and anything impure or evil with the Devil. When the witch hysteria, which was initially caused by girls falsely accusing others, got out-of-hand, the residents of Salem conformed to the hysteria out of fear because those who were accused were intimated certainty to death. However, the accused had a chance to save themselves by confessing to a crime they did not commit. Many took advantage of the opportunity for self-preservation because it is a human instinct,
Many of us might think that such barbarous acts such as the witch trials have long been forgotten on the practices of man, but such an assertion if believed would plainly ignore the reality of many events since the trials ended. Of the many events that have occurred one that is most recent to us would be the on going persecution and/or discrimination against people of the Islamic faith known more commonly as muslims. Now while these two instances may have many differences such as reasoning, methodology, are even varying in how much damage has been committed the persecution of muslims and the witch hunts share great similarities. Aforementioned similarities include attitudes of distrust when around the targeted group, the spreading of lies and
There have been many different "witch hunts" that have happened since 1692, that have shaped our world. One of the most known is The Holocaust that happened during WWII. This is important because a large mass of innocent people were killed due to their race. Some may say it was just a part of war; however, it's much more than that. It’s the fact that one person didn’t like a certain group of people besides their own so; they felt like they had the right to take away their lives. In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, he shows us four ingredients that create a mass hysteria. Those include fear, personal motives, unfair treatment of the accused, and accusers. These can all be related back to The Crucible, in the way in which each character experienced
During the 1950’s Joseph McCarthy brought upon a new fera in the United States, the fear of Communism, McCarthy proclaimed that government officials were communist spies. This can also be seen/ compared to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692-93. In Salem people were accusing each other of being witches. A book that I referred back to many times was The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, which gave a well written representation of the mass hysteria during the Salem witch trials which can be compared to The Red Scare. This can be a representation of Historical Force as history repeats itself once again from The Salem Witch Trials to almost 300 years later during The Red Scare and from the 2001 fear/accusations of middle eastern people.
Witch-hunts occur more often than you think. The first documented witch hunt was in1692 at the Salem witch trials. We still have witch trials today, for instance, the banning of guns, the banning of the confederate flag, and the dentist who killed a trophy lion. Witch hunts, the term, comes from the 1692 witch trials. The witch hunts still happen today when a group of people are trying to eradicate another person’s or group’s actions or beliefs. The people that disagree are the witch hunters trying to stop the others that do not share their beliefs. In this essay, I will talk about the similarities of the Salem witch trials, the 1950’s communist agent wipe out, and the early 2000’s MLB baseball steroids scandal.
In today’s society, the idea of witches have generally become a common topic. When Halloween arrives, we see people dressed up to mimic witches in fun spirit. However, during the Salem Witch Trials, witches were considered evil and against God, which caused fear to strike out amongst the people who religiously followed the Bible and believed in God. Thus, the accusations of citizens being involved with witchcraft struck out, and the persecutions began. When the topic of the Salem Witch Trials is mentioned, we think about how creepy it was and how the people were killed. However, author of the Newsweek article titled “The Lesson of Salem,” Laura Shafiro states, “[The] witch trials represent more than just a creepy moment in history; they stand for the terrible victory of prejudice over reason, and fear over courage”. On most occasions, people tend to forget the actual significance of the witch trials. In The Crucible, a
The Crucible, although set in the Puritan era, has a theme that can be seen throughout time: fear causes people to turn into monsters. Throughout the years of our existence, the human race has been capable of horrific act of self destruction, and fear is often the motive. From the infamous witch trials, the McCarthy trials and today's anti Muslim agenda, these events have all occurred or is currently occurring because of fear induced hysteria. Arthur Miller’s depiction of The Crucible warns not only of the terrors of Salem but the pattern of hysteretic “witch hunts” that occurred while Miller was alive and that is happening again today.
A witch hunt is a campaign directed against a person or group holding unorthodox or unpopular views or a search for and persecution of a supposed “witch”. Throughout history the idea of “witches” has changed dramatically from the 1600s when the events in Salem, Massachusetts where people were accusing women and child of using spells to bewitch people, bring chaos to a town, and associated with the devil (satan). Today people associate “the witch hunt” with a trail or hunt without physical proof or a valid reason to pursue this cause.
Mr.Miller wrote the tragedy of the crucible. The setting of the crucible is in Massachusetts bay during 1692/93. The tragedy is a dramatized and partially fictionalized play. The tragedy of the crucible begins with a rumor that started with nine girls. The play focuses on the inconsistencies of the salem witch trials and the behavior that can result from dark desires and agendas. Miller bases the historical accounts of the salem witch trials. He focuses on several girls and a slave dancing in the woods. They were conjuring or attempting to conjure spirits from the dead.
A serious, distressing issue in our world. It is supposedly prejudiced against Islam or Muslims, but is it really? Every terrorist attack caused by any bearded man of colour is known as “Islamic terrorism” but if the attack is caused by a white man, he suddenly becomes “mentally unstable”. Isn’t that injustice towards everyone non-white? One thing I know is that the internet doesn’t seem to think that.