The Crucible By Arthur Miller Essay

1675 Words Mar 11th, 2015 7 Pages
Mass hysteria has the potential to tear a community apart as demonstrated in The Crucible. What is hysteria? “It is defined as an overwhelming fear and excitement that overrides all logic, and is often enhanced and intensified by the presence of others who are acting out on that fear” (Campbell). That theme is common throughout the play written by Arthur Miller. From the beginning, where the witchery begins to John Proctor getting hung, the little town of Salem undergoes major changes. That is the uncontrollable power of a true hysterical nature. It can defy all logic and make people lose their minds. By looking at the events that happened in Salem, it can be observed that a community is held together by fragile means. “A group of teenage girls from Salem, Massachusetts is discovered dancing naked in the woods by the town minister, Reverend Parris. Knowing the punishment for their behavior will be severe, the girls claim they were possessed by the spirits of members in the community who are trying to initiate them into witchcraft” (Campbell). That is where it all begins. That single event is what triggers the hysteria in the community. Salem is a theocracy , centered strictly around god. The girls accusations are not taken lightly. Many people come to believe the town is being taken over by the devil. In order to understand why these events created such an uproar, the puritan ways of life need to be examined first. “Faith was central to the puritan experience, for it was…

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