Essay on Analysis Of ' The Crucible '

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An In Depth Essay On Hysteria Portrayed In The Crucible Hysteria is an exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement, especially among a group of people. Its effects are due to a psychological disorder or symptoms including, selective amnesia, shallow volatile emotions, and over dramatic or attention-seeking behavior. The term also has a controversial history as it was formerly regarded as a disease specific to women. Hysteria is portrayed in The Crucible and is the leading factor as to why the Salem witch trials were so morbid and out of control. It got the best of the judges that were so quick to sentence someone to death, the girls that were involved in summoning spirits and other witchcraft things, and the town of Salem itself that simply just got too crazy to the point where they cheered on the people that were getting sentenced to death.
The judges in The Crucible are a huge part of the hysteria and ultimately are the ones who caused it all because the town doesn’t quite believe Abby, but since the court does everyone else thinks it has to be true. According to E Notes (2011), “In the end, we see Reverend Hale as a man who is a hundred and eighty degrees different, figuratively speaking, than he was at the start of the play.” They go to further say, “Ironically enough, even though he disagrees with the court, and knows the truth about the witch trials, as minister who initially confirmed the validity of the later to be known false accusations,…

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