The Age of the Disposable Tissue

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The Age of the Disposable Tissue

In both stories, The Crucible and Fahrenheit 451, people are treated as disposable tissues. Being treated like a disposable tissue is when somebody uses another person for what they want, and then getting rid of them when they don’t need the person anymore. In The Crucible, characters are accusing other characters of witchcraft in order to relieve themselves of the blame and guilt. In Fahrenheit 451, characters get what they want out of their lives, and then they try to escape life by committing suicide. In both stories, characters get what they want, and then they throw their means of getting what they wanted away.

In The Crucible, characters are accusing other people within Salem of witchcraft in order to relieve themselves of the blame and the guilt. One person who starts the blaming is Abigail Williams. She is the first person to pass the blame onto other people. The person whom she accuses is Tituba, the slave. This first accusation shows the validity of the disposable tissue theory when Abigail passes the blame from herself to Tituba. A second example is when Tituba and Abigail together accuse Sara Good and Sarah Osborne. Both Abigail and Tituba together are feeling a lot of pressure to the community to confess to their sin, but they both choose to pass the blame onto other members of their community. Both of these accusations by Abigail Williams and Tituba exemplify the disposable tissue theory when they use Goody Good and Goody Osborne to pass off their blame, and then both Goody Good and Goody Osborne are hung. A third example is when Abigail Williams accuses Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft. Something that Abigail wants to come out of this accusation is for her to be able to continue her relationship with John Proctor, Elizabeth’s husband. Abigail has had an affair with John, and she wants to resume this affair. In order for her and John to continue an affair, Abigail must get rid of Elizabeth Proctor....
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