Essay about The Crucible And Modern American Life

1375 Words Oct 13th, 2015 6 Pages
John Locke, a famous French philosopher, believed that people were naturally good, but English philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, believed that humans were evil by nature. Both perspectives have credibility and validity to a certain extent. However, one common trend that can be traced through Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and modern American life is the prevalence of destructives forces such as hysteria, greed, and fear. Human nature can be good or evil based on which side of himself a person decides to work for. Because humans have continued to exhibit their good as well as evil nature one cannot exist without the other. Because these destructive forces are innate to us as humans they are demonstrated in both The Crucible and modern American life. The hysteria caused by the witchcraft accusations in The Crucible is similar to the hysteria caused in America by the Ebola virus outbreak. Thomas Eric Duncan was a man who visited West Africa where he contracted Ebola and then died after returning to America. Duncan was the first case of Ebola in the U.S. and the fear of infection spread to others. Americans started to question if more people would become infected. One poll showed that nearly one in four people thought that someone in their close family would contract Ebola. Fortunately, this misconception did not occur. Today, a whole year later, no epidemic has happened here in America. In addition, people were set on edge because the media kept them updated 24/7 about the…

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