The Crucible Ignorance And Fear

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One of the essential questions today is regarding how fear, suspicion, and ignorance cause changes in behavior. In The Crucible, fear played a key role in the witch trials. This is true for all sides in this situation. The judges were afraid to be wrong and allow a witch to be loose in the village. The citizens of Salem were scared of witches, or being accused as one. This mass fear and hysteria led to the horrific trials where people were hanged based upon little to no evidence. This isn’t the only time in our history an event like this has occurred. We studied about McCarthyism and the impact of those trials. There are many similar elements between the two events. They were fueled by overstated fears and ignorance. They either feared the