The Crucible Theme(S) Analysis Essay
English 2030- 81
12/ 02/ 2011
Hysteria and Suffering
Jumping to conclusions, bad assumptions, and false information can cause much hysteria within a society. This can be surely bad if you are dealing with people who are hypochondriacs. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller displays how hysteria is used to cover the truth, but can cause suffering for many of those who are innocent. The play strongly illustrates the hysteria that brushed through Salem because of the fear that Satan had haunted the town. When you have an entire society in an uproar it is usually because of false information being spread and people who are just reacting without thinking about what could possibly be happening. There are some people …show more content…
This large scale hysteria has caused wide spread fear throughout the community which in return the people did not use their better judgment and logic. The oddest coincidences and lies got innocent people accused of witchcraft. It is one of Miller’s main characters (Reverend John Hale) who supposedly finds witchcraft in Salem, but he never shows any real proof of the devil being there. That should have raised some eyebrows with the people. The people of Salem should have questioned his qualifications before putting innocent people on trial and condemning most of them.
John Proctor, the story’s, protagonist, is one of the people who suffer from the so called witchcraft outbreak. At first, Proctor wanted to avoid his involvement since the very beginning of the play. He is one of the few who knows that the devil being