The Crucible Theme(S) Analysis
Jamie Davis Professor Forest English 2030- 81 12/ 02/ 2011 Hysteria and Suffering Leaping to conclusions, bad assumptions, and false info can cause much hysteria within a society. This can be certainly bad if you are handling people who are hypochondriacs. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller displays how hysteria is utilized to cover the fact, but can cause suffering for much of those who are innocent. The play strongly illustrates the hysteria that brushed through Salem due to the fact that of the worry that Satan had actually haunted the town.
When you have a whole society in an outcry it is generally due to the fact that of false information being spread and individuals who are simply responding without thinking about what might possibly be occurring. There are some individuals who do analyze circumstances and they are normally the ones who assist put the pieces back together. They are also the ones who can sometimes suffer when issues occur. Hysteria and overreacting can rip a community apart particularly when looking for the reality; therefore individuals must deeply analyze certain situations and utilize their better judgment to solve them.
In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, hysteria is among the main styles. It is thought about one of the primary styles since it shows up typically and typically ends up being the environment of the play and the motivation of much of the character’s actions. Hysteria seems to be the main mindset or atmosphere of the play, as soon as you get into it. Simply to mention that the whole play represents a panic-stricken frame of mind. I think that Miller used hysteria as one of his main styles because he wanted to demonstrate how incorrect details and bad judgment can trigger large scale social and psychological effects, when it at all possible can be avoided.
Miller’s play displays these historic events to slam the moments in mankind’s history when reason and fact became clouded by illogical fears and the desire to position the blame for society’s issues on others. Dealing with components such as incorrect accusations, manifestations of mass hysteria, and rumor-mongering, The Crucible is seen by many as more of a commentary on “McCarthyism” than the actual Salem trials (Oakes 107). The perfect example is at the start of the play when Miller presents the scene where Reverend Parris is kneeling at the bed of his ten year old child is in a comatose state.
The report throughout the town of Salem is that she has actually ended up being ill due to witchcraft. One should understand that if someone is implicated of practicing witchcraft in Salem it is punishable by death. So the truth that this little lady has actually become ill from witchcraft has actually the town alarmed. Now the town is in shock and questioning. Who could have presented witchcraft to the town? Who else could be possibly practicing witchcraft? Has the devil in some way entered the town? Nobody initially checks out the possibility that the little lady could be devising, or she might be in fact ill with something.
Everyone just presumes that they little girl has actually caught the devil. The worry then spreads out when the all of the girls who were essentially explore witchcraft recognized the serious and fear that they had actually caused, they start to get other innocent people associated with the accusations to keep them from being exposed. It is here where the Reverend and the other adults included could have included the situation, however instead they picked to generate a Pastor from another town which excites the entire neighborhood.
The residents of Salem begin to stop trusting individuals who they have understood for several years all because of the possibility that they are devil worshippers. The only way for a person who was accused was to make incorrect confessions by signing up with the accusers themselves. While most of individuals who live in Salem think that the devil is running widespread in their town, there are some who think that it is just nonsense. In The Crucible, those who are implicated at the start are simply the town’s castaways, no so the allegations are not as worrying.
It is easy for the people of Salem to think in that those individuals are guilty. It is not up until the town’s most well-known and upstanding residents start to get implicated of practicing witchcraft, that people begin to doubt the trial. There was a theocracy in Salem, those who went against the federal government were going against God, and those who broke God should be punished accordingly. For instance, when John Proctor, Giles Corey, and others spoke out about the trials, they were not simply being accused of breaking the court; they were being accused of breaking God.
For that reason, the people of Salem had to be totally faithful to the theocratic government or she or he would be a prospect for a witchcraft allegation. This big scale hysteria has caused wide spread worry throughout the neighborhood which in return the people did not utilize their much better judgment and reasoning. The oddest coincidences and lies got innocent individuals implicated of witchcraft. It is one of Miller’s main characters (Reverend John Hale) who allegedly discovers witchcraft in Salem, but he never ever reveals any genuine proof of the devil existing. That should have raised some eyebrows with the people.
The people of Salem should have questioned his qualifications prior to putting innocent people on trial and condemning most of them. John Proctor, the story’s, lead character, is among the people who suffer from the so called witchcraft break out. At first, Proctor wished to prevent his participation given that the very start of the play. He is one of the couple of who understands that the devil remaining in Salem is just all hype, but he does not want to expose the girls who are since of his affair with Abigail. John Proctor states, “I never ever spoke on witches one way or the other. Will you come, Giles? (Miller, 82). Abigail is not just John Proctor’s mistress, but she is likewise among the ladies who are implicating innocent people in the town of being seen with the devil. Abigail is the character who has the most influence on the town’s hysteria. John regrets his affair with Abigail, however she believes what they had was love. Due to the fact that Abigail wishes to be with John Proctor, she and few other ladies from the village, and Tituba (a slave) dance around because they think it will somehow kill Proctor’s spouse. Abigail is inquired about her affair with John, however she says none of it is true.
She is does not want to get caught. While coming up with more lies along with Betty (Reverend Parris’s daughter), she informs the other girls, “If anyone breathe a word or the edge of a word about the other things, I will come to you in the black of some dreadful night (The Crucible. )” So, after the news that Abigail and the other women’ over-the-top actions starts to spread out like a wildfire, the hysteria in the neighborhood take control of. Abigail only contributes to the hysteria by telling lie after lie just to conceal her misbehaviors.
Abigail is dreading informing the reality, which has actually activated hysteria to a dangerous level that otherwise, would not have actually been attained. Throughout the play, the mindset is waiting for destiny in the presence of prevalent unreasonable belief and growing hysteria in the Salem society. Almost each character in the play is seen to have some connection of wonder about by their neighbor. The characters and all of their intentions in this play are simple and clear. The reputable individuals are implicated and penalized, but those who are genuinely guilty are the ones who are getting appreciation.
The reader most likely knows what the ending of the trials currently prior to they begin in the play, however can just observe as things begin to take place. At the end, the last possible success consists of the death of innocent individuals. When Proctor rips up his confession and goes to be condemned, it is then where Reverend Hale understands that he is just as wicked as those who were implicating innocent individuals. Some of the stability is reestablished to Salem, but just after much unneeded suffering and destruction to families.
The Crucible has actually been compared to Joseph McCarthy, U. S. Senator, made dubious claims that more than 200 “card carrying” members of the Communist party had actually penetrated the United States government (Lorcher.) He did not have any evidence. The mass hysteria in The Crucible can be compared to modern hysteria. For example the Anthrax scares or fears of the year 2000. Numerous Americans reacted without truly knowing what was going on. Some did not appreciate what was truly happening, they simply wanted to be in the buzz.
What develops on the hysteria is when people create their own theories and conclusions on problems, which is not always practical to the situation. That is how reports get spread and after that it cultivates more worry. So, I have pertained to the conclusion that hysteria is when worry feeds upon more fear. Some individuals are natural hypochondriacs, but there are some individuals who comprehend what is going on in situation and still picked to be the ones who make things worse. Most of the time problems are not as bad you think when you choose to be sensible about things.
When a community’s problems are raw and gave the surface, a confused frame of mind spreads through the people. The girls create this mass hysteria in the town by getting them so afraid of witchcraft and the idea of being under the devil’s control that they trigger the authority to want to cleanse the entire town. The ladies begin to utilize the town’s worry to just get what they desire. One need to remember that back at this time, children, especially female children were not appreciated. So this was likewise their possibility to get the regard that they thought they had should have.
This contamination can overwhelm an entire population and become like a living thing, making individuals act impulsively and hypocritically. The Crucible is a powerful example of mass hysteria getting into a population like an extensive disease consuming its host (Atkinson.) The kind of individual who can associate with the play is anyone who has actually been in a society where the questioning or breaking the authority or of the basic opinion would usually lead to rejection and/ or punishment. It is typically the individual who decides to stand up for whatever the concern might be who produces modification for the bulk.
The consequence might trigger suffering, however it can bring change for future generations. Even though mass hysteria has actually taken place previously, it does not have to again. Hysteria can eat both power and vengeance which can often cause lethal consequences. Common sense and abstract thought are both crucial things to have, but they have to remain stable and well balanced. The Crucible has lots of styles within it. Hysteria can be seen as a significant or minor theme of the play. The play shows how eventually, hysteria can only achieve success when people have a benefit in it.
It alters the ways of daily life and it lets people go out their vengeance and wicked yearning in the name of righteousness. I think that is why most of the people in Salem fell in the band wagon because it was their chance to get back at people that had actually wronged them in some method. The character John Proctor states, “I’ll tell you what’s walking Salem– revenge is walking Salem … and typical vengeance writes the law!” (Miller, 77). The play also demonstrates how individuals who have high positions of power are not always the best.
All people have their faults and at the end of the play Reverend Hale informs Reverend Parris that he is a fool. He allowed a group of teenage women to stir up controversy in the community and innocent individuals were put to death. This play is very important to literature and history since history can easily repeat itself. For that reason, individuals should be able to check out the matter at hand and determine who the best individuals are to help fix the situation. If a mass hysteria does break out, we should keep it consisted of and keep it from occurring once again.
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