“The devil is alive in Salem, and we dare not quail to follow wherever the accusing finger points!” Reverend Hale embodies the true nature of the Salem witch trials with this quote. Arthur miller portrays the mass hysteria that is produced by a sole accusation in his play, The Crucible. The story is based on a relentless Abigail Williams that will do anything to replace John Proctor's wife, Elizabeth. When she finds herself in a lot of trouble, she is quick to throw the blame on innocent people in the town. She continues to take it to the next step and accuse many more, most of which results in lynching. After getting out of control, the court finds out that Abigail and the girls have stolen money and fled from Salem. Over the course of the
the Crucible was written by Arthur Miller during an era known as McCarthyism. McCarthyism was a search, or “witch hunt”, led by Senator Joe McCarthy, for Communists in the United States Government during the nineteen-fifties. This “witch hunt” indirectly shed light upon “...one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history”: The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a drama of the true story which took place during the seventeenth century.
In The Crucible…
In relativization to the The Crucible and it’s violent mass hysteria is that word crucible means, “ a place or situation that forces people to change or make difficult decision”. Most relevant definition because the medical situation in Salem means, “a vessel of a very refractory material (as porcelain) used for melting and calcining a substance that requires a high degree of heat” (merriam-webster). Which makes sense because an example of crucible would be a cauldron because it has the same purpose…
persecuted throughout history. As more and more misinformation is spread about them, mass hysteria is created. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, people who are viewed as social outcasts are accused of being witches. Those who seek to extract revenge on these people are given an opportunity by the fear and hysteria that surrounds the community of Salem during this time. Similar to the persecution of “witches” is the AIDS hysteria of the 1980s. The first recorded cases of AIDS caused a major panic, and those…
The Salem Fear Trials
Throughout history, humanity has seen numerous accounts of hysteria spread amongst others creating an illogical and irrational society, ultimately resulting in havok. This sense of irrationality was responsible for the 400 deaths that took place during the Dancing Plague of 1518. In this historical example of mass hysteria, began with a woman believed to be named Frau Troffea who suddenly had the urge to dance. Records state that she danced for about a week, and before long…
The Mass Hysteria
Have you ever been a part of a type of " mob mentality"? Well the thing is that type
of thinking is used every day and most people don't even know it's happening. The
great red white and blue has been guilty of using this type of thinking for decades and
the play of "
" is based on one particular mistake made in the 50's.
purpose of the play is to educate and disp…
grow bigger than your faith’
- Mary Manin Morrissey
In The Crucible, through hysteria, characters are falsely accused of being involved in witchcraft, much like the man hunt for anyone resembling a communist from the McCarthyism era.
‘The Crucible’ is a play based on the 17th century Salem witch hunts. It is also a parable for the events in McCarthy’s era. The play is about people who are wrongly accused of helping the devil. ‘The Crucible’ was written by Arthur Miller and was first [performed in…
In the play “The Crucible”, written by Miller, Abby is not a victim of
society because she is causing mass hysteria, performing self harm,
and stimulating others.
Abby is causing alot of problems because she is pretending that she sees spirits a lies about other people and lies about everything that comes out of her mouth. Abby is acting like she seen spirits in the courthouse to make everyone believe what she says.It pertains to the idea because the main idea is talking about how she is…
Rhetorical Analysis: The Crucible
Horrifying tragedies cause us to feel fear and what is fear? It is a mental state in which a person is latent by a certain essence that they have no knowledge of. In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, he uses logos, ethos, and pathos to create fear which culminates in mass hysteria. The people that participated in this widespread panic were “under the influence of the devil” and this also includes suspicion from all times, such as the early human race to the communists…
Arthur Miller’s book, “The Crucible” was written during the 1950s during the time of McCarthyism. Arthur Miller was strongly influenced by the events that came during the McCarthy era and the Crucible was a result. “Miller stated that as he witnessed the growing hysteria of the late 1940s and 1950s concerning Communist fears, he was drawn to the stories of similar irrational fears and judgments of the 1692 witch trials. He drew parallels between each era's paranoia and hysteria.” (life123…
A Melding of Two Historical Events
"Be not deceived with the first appearance for show is not substance" (English Proverb). The main feature of Arthur Miller's The Crucible is obvious mass hysteria and conviction were prevalent during the Salem witch trials. The underlying images, however, that depict Miller's real-life environment is subtle and parallel to that of the witch trials. The social and political troubles of the author's time contribute to the development of characters, as well as their…