Examples Of Mass Hysteria In The Crucible

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“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