Examples Of Hysteria In The Crucible

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In the play, The Crucible, Arthur Miller writes about the chilling story of the Salem Witch Trials. He portrays what happened during that time and how it affected the people living there. Though Miller has many messages within the play, one of the main themes is “hysteria”. Hysteria is exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion among a group of people. . The play shows how hysteria can tear a community apart and completely replace logic. In The Crucible this message of hysteria is clearly seen through the girls in the play. The girls, such as Abigail and Mary Warren, embody this theme of hysteria and are the cause of the delirium within Salem. Miller uses the girls and mass hysteria to reveal Miller’s underlying massage of “The Red Scare”