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Crucible Effects

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There are times in life where people are scared of certain things such as heights. Heights seem very scary to many people and this prevents them from having fun and enjoying life to the fullest. If people were not scared of heights, they could go bungee jumping; go on a roller coaster and many other things. Other things may be life in general such as being afraid of going up to a person that you really like and confessing to them. Many people never face them or try to be friends with them for the rest of their life; they would not know if the person likes them too. This is Dorothy Thompson once said that “Only when we are no longer afraid do we truly begin to live.” Thompson meant to tell people that fear is a waste of time and only serves to hold one back from their infinite possibilities in the future. Fear is something that people are scared of and do not want to face. Facing fear is something really hard to do especially when you are afraid of it. When you decide to face fear and challenge it, you will face many things you thought you would not have faced before. This quote is legitimate because fear blocks and prevents the society from achieving what they want and need. The play, The Crucible by Arthur Miller and a narrative poem, “Half-Hanged Mary” by Margaret Atwood are perfect examples of represent Dorothy Thompson’s quote. In The Crucible, Mary Warren and Elizabeth Proctor represent the people that fear in the beginning and overcome at the end; for “Half-Hanged Mary”, Mary Webster did not fear at all and became stronger as a person including her significance in survival after being hanged and cut down.

The Crucible is a play about Witchcraft in the Salem Village during the McCarthy Era. Mary Warren, a servant of the Proctor house, plays an important role in the play. Throughout the whole play, Mary Warren is constantly “tormented” by John Proctor. This shows that she does not have determination in rebelling what she does. Mary is not an evil person...