The Crucible Hysteria

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The themes of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible remain evident in today’s society. In it, the people of Salem, Massachusetts begin to turn on each other when mass hysteria around the idea of witchcraft results in the hanging of dozens of innocent citizens. Similar to The Crucible, with today’s technology, there is a huge amount of mass hysteria around the idea that the internet is threatening and alarming. In the crucible, Salem, Massachusetts undergoes the witch trials. Once one person was named a witch, the citizens in the small town of Salem began to accuse even their good friends and neighbors of being witches as well. Several of these accusations resulted in the tragic deaths of these honorable citizens, including Rebecca Nurse, the kindest …show more content…
Certain events that take place due to or on the internet can make people fear the use of it. One example of a horrific event which occurred due to the internet, is the stabbing of a twelve year old girl by two of her best friends. These “friends”, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier stabbed Payton Leutner nineteen times, leaving her alone to die in the woods. Her friends turned on her to prove their loyalty to the popular fictional character, “Slender Man” (Izadi). These two girls truly attempted to murder their friend because they were told to by, “a mythological creature and Internet meme born out of an obscure online forum in 2009” (Izadi). The girls even claimed that Slender Man had been threatening their families (Izadi). Fortunately, Payton was found by a cyclist the following day and survived this atrocious event. However, just because of one horrible thing caused by the internet, it does not mean that it will happen continuously to everyone who uses the internet. There have been several crimes and tragedies that have occurred due to something on the internet but this does not mean that it should be feared. There will always be horrible things that happen on the internet as well as in every aspect of life. These horrible things are made up for by all of the good that the internet can provide to people in throughout the

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