The Causes Of Hysteria In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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In the play The Crucible by Arthur MIller. It was the Salem witch trials 1692 there was a plethora of thoughts of witchcraft that started with a small group and grew larger. Accusations of the innocent, many times it was people powerful people not just normal towns people but people with wealth that made them be more powerful were not fond of. People not wanting to confess and the large amount of people hanged many of them didn’t want to confess because it was something they didn't do and didn’t feel they needed to be punished for they would rather die than sit in prison for something they were wrongfully accused of. Any more people see this as a fairly small event that only lasted a matter of months. It was a time when a number of young girls …show more content…
It’s a psychological fear of threats. When in the court being accused of lying Abigail accuses other people of witchcraft to get herself out of trouble, “Oh,Mary this is a black art to change your shape. No, I cannot, I cannot stop my mouth; it’s God’s work I do” (Miller 107) in the time of they hysteria she will blame anyone to protect herself, when blamed in all the hysteria Proctor takes it a different way the denying it “I say- I say- God is dead!”(Miller 111) “You are pulling Heaven down and raising up a whore”(Miller 111) he seems to give up and go slightly crazy once Mary accuses him of being the reason for all the witchery that happened in the village this is what the mass hysteria has caused people to turn on each other and to say things about others that aren’t true this was caused by the thoughts off threats people …show more content…
This tells how the Crucible was a trial with many severities that caused heartbreak and loss for many and death for others all because there was a girl that didn’t want herself to get caught doing witchcraft Hathorne says “Now,Martha Corey, there is abundant evidence in our hands to show that you have give yourself to reading fortunes. Do you deny it? He wants to accuse her of witchcraft “I am innocent to a witch i know not what a witch is” ( Miller 77) they ask extreme questions to try to get the answers they want instead of the truth, they blame people instead of letting people say things for themselves. When loved ones or friends of the accused try to ask other people about any signs of witchcraft the people that said things also get in trouble for trying to save the people and tell the truth. “You have not hurt these people if they are of good conscience” (Miller 87) people at this time are also scared of the court because they could be accused and hanged for what they say being witches or

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