Betty once again collapses inert on the bed in a possible physical type of hysteria revealing the affect Abigail can inflict. Throughout the start of Act 1 Abigail does not seem to act hysterically, however in-fact acts quite the opposite, cleverly turning the blame from her to the next most apparent victim, Tituba: Then to the next, and the next. In the later phases of Act 1 and throughout most of Act 3 Abigail appears to alter in the method she behaves, observing that the adult’s in specific Parris and the judges believe her lies and incorrect accusations, she starts to imitate an incorrect kind of hysteria to persuade individuals of the accused regret.
Understanding of her immense power over the other women Abigail only needs to shriek and the girls will shriek, she just requires to faint and the girls will too. “A wind, a cold wind, has actually come” Abigail’s eyes fall on the newly accused, Mary Warren, upon this Mercy starts to shiver and shouts “Your Honour, I freeze!” next is Suzanna “I freeze, I freeze”.
Abigail constantly threatens and scares the other ladies to make them follow and follow her “… I can make you wish you had never seen the sun decrease” her persistent bullying and her continuous terrorization has actually led her to be in practically complete control of the women.
There are many examples of hysterical behaviour during the book. Throughout the play Mrs Putnam, described as a “death-ridden … twisted soul”, does well to delight and exacerbate the scenario in a hysterical way. Not averse to heartache and death and with her seven kids dieing as infants, Mrs Putnam is superstitious and justly callous. Her first words in the whole play succeed to ‘end up’ and fret everybody present “It is a marvel. It is surely a stroke of hell upon you.” She later on goes on “I ‘d not call it ill; the Devils touch is much heavier than ill. Its death, y’ understand, its death driving into them …
” However specific characters throughout the play do there up most to act sensibly and stay worthy during the dreadful madness. John and Elizabeth Proctor are both accused of witchcraft and are both later on hanged, however unlike Mrs Putnam and others throughout the play, both John and Elizabeth do not paralyze under the pounding weight of the prejudicial ‘judicial system’ nor do they catch the panicking hysterical antics of most of the town, however together they eventually show the corruptness and wickedness that the ‘law’ was being implemented with, and together pass away in a tender scene of solemn martyrdom.
Although hysteria seems a huge part of the threat that was the 1692 witch hunts there are other more typical attributes and emotions that led to the harsh untimely deaths of lots of innocent individuals. Throughout Act 1 the guys; in particular Reverend Parris and Mr Putnam, two of the more morally dubious characters in the play, are currently arguing about money and land. Parris feels he is not paid enough for the work he does and the certifications he has “I am not some preaching farmer with a book under my arm; I am a graduate of Harvard College …
you will look far for a guy of my kind at sixty pounds a year!” Reverend Parris appears to understand of his own importance much more than the other villagers do. In the very same conversation, Putnam claims that Proctor has actually stolen wood from his forest and in turn Proctor implicates Putnam’s grandfather of stealing the land that he really owns “your grandpa had a habit of ready land that never ever belonged to him, I might state it plain”.
These arguments, although not centred on witchcraft, are the basis of who is accused of witchcraft and who is accusing who of it. Friends of Reverend Parris appear not to perish to the incorrect accusations of witchcraft, just revealing the way the ‘law’ was being manipulated. There are a couple of cases of revenge being gotten using the allegation of witchcraft, Mr Corey tells the story of how his other half, Mrs Corey, sold Mr Walcott a pig 4 or five years prior and the pig passed away, and that he can no longer keep a pig alive because of her witchcraft “…
he litigates and declares that from that day to this he can not keep a pig alive for more than four weeks due to the fact that my Martha bewitched them with her books!” In en-capturing these historic occasions Arthur Miller broadened the eyes of a generation to the ridiculous and shocking fact behind the witch hunts of 1692 and in doing so, more discretely suggested a political parable to the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1940’s and 1950’s. I feel that the dreadful events of 1692 can not be solely pinned on hysteria, however powerful or influential the emotion might be.
How can the cause of these terrible events be absolutely blamed on any one aspect? Ignorance, greed, revenge and an over whelming abuse of power are just as popular and to blame as any form of hysteria. James Windle Page 1 of 3 Program preview only The above sneak peek is unformatted text This student composed piece of work is among many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous area.