Fear And Fear : The Fear Of The People Essay

1396 Words Jan 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Panic for the People Palms are sweating, legs shaking as anxiety creeps in, and the heart beats faster and faster, racing at a speed rivaled by a racehorse. Fear is a crippling emotion that leaders have used for centuries in order to control the masses that they rule over, ignoring the fact that the use of fear weakens the government. During the time of colonial America, the leaders of Salem intimidated the people of Salem into following their orders, similar to how McCarthy controlled America and how Kim Jong-Un has ruled over communist North Korea. Although critics argue that fear helps leaders govern, it actually weakens a government because leaders generate hysteria through their beliefs and actions, promote injustice, and lose sight of the betterment of the community. Despite the fact that fear can be used as a motivation for the people, it makes the government weaker because it generates hysteria. Reverend Parris fanned the flames of hysteria in Salem through his preachings. John Proctor, defending his lack of attendance to church, explains,“I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation” (Miller 29). John Proctor’s aggravated tone shows how the people of Salem are fed up with the negativity and constant reminders of hell and the Devil that in the end motivate them to selfishly save themselves and sacrifice others through the trials. From this, the readers can infer that the witch trials were a direct result of…

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