"The Crucible": How Superstition Destroys Society

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Crucible essay
After studying the crucible I believe the quote “Superstition can possibly lead to a society’s demise” is the main theme behind “The crucible”, this is because people of Salem due to the hysteria and panic started accusing each other and eventually ruined their own society as people who had no say in the public or the court like the women, started to accuse people and since the court believed them , these girls and women started to receive respect and this gave them more rights. This also led people to use this method to eliminate people who they held grudges against. For example, Abigail’s quote on page 837 that says “ Let either of you breathe a word about the other things, and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you” .Crucible as we know means to have a testing circumstance which in this context relates to the mental ability of the people of Salem to find out whether this witchcraft phenomenon is real or just a hoax made up by some girls, who did not want to commit their sins of dancing in the forest. There are several reasons to why I claim this. On page 829, the cover page, we see a quote that says “They believe that they held in their steady hands the candle that would light the world.” Also the quotation on page 859 that says that “The Devil is alive in Salem, and we dare not quail to follow wherever the accusing fingers point.” And John proctor’s dialogue in Act III page 866, “Excellency, does it not strike upon you that so many of these women have lived so long with such upright reputation.” The first quote that will support my claim is this quote on page 837 by Abigail Williams. Which reads “ Let either of you breathe a word about the other things, and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you”. The connotation of this quote that I can denote is the idea that the people of Salem especially Abigail Williams are using this witchcraft phenomenon to their own advantage by accusing everyone and anyone that they...
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