Theme Of Mass Hysteria In The Crucible

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The Grip of Fear
‘You block your dream when you allow your fear to 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 1953, New York. It is set in a puritanical society where the people believe in hard work and little luxury. Their life is based around God, the bible and the ‘Ten Commandments.’ Pride
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One example is at the end of act one when the girls are screaming, crying and starting to accuse people of being with the devil. When this happens, everyone gets scared and calls the marshal. The marshal begins to arrest people and brings them to court. The whole reason mass hysteria broke out is because of Abigail. One vengeful accusation from Abigail to her rival, Elizabeth Proctor, turns the whole village upside. The confusion and madness is one of the main reasons a place where reasonable human became released in an environment that allows little opportunity for relaxing. Another theme during the play is how much religion ruled these people’s lives. The court was the main ruling body of justice and was run by the church. The concept of justice in 1962 is shown when Arthur Miller dedicates the entire third act to the courtroom. Abigail pressures the girls to lie in court in order to accuse everyone that they didn’t get along with of witchcraft. The separation of church and government didn’t exist in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. Theocracy meant that Massachusetts. Theocracy meant that Massachusetts was to be governed by god’s law. But mixing up on the laws of god and the laws of government set up the chaos of the Salem witch trials. Greed and revenge was another major aspect that was shown in the story. Several characters find profit in this mass hysteria and try to change some events for their own