The Crucible: The Witchcraft Hysteria
In 1692, in Salem Massachusetts, the superstition of witches existed in
a society of strong Christian beliefs. Anybody who acted out of the ordinary
was accused of being a witch and then the accuse would actually be forgiven if
the blamed their accusations o
Hysteria in The Crucible
Arthur Miller’s, “The Crucible”,is about the witch trials that occurred in Salem, Massachusetts in the spring of 1692. For the people in the town of Salem, it was hard to believe that their own neighbors, who they thought were good people, c
The Crucible is a complex and intriguing novel with events, characters and themes comparable to almost every period of human history. It is common for humans to fear change and what is unknown, in the play The Crucible this is witchcraft and the devil, in more recent times it can be seen in post Wor
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible uses the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials to demonstrate how hysteria can, and does, tear society apart from within. The play’s forward, as well as the director’s note in the program at the production I saw, make clear that the events of the play we
1. The main protagonist is, of course, John Proctor. In fact, at several points in the play, he says there are no witches and that the trials are all sport. Proctor was a believable character. He did a big mistake by committing adultery, but at the same time it made him realize what was importan
How does fear and hysteria play a significant role in creating and driving the conflict and the chaotic events that take place in Arthur Miller’s ‘ The Crucible’?
Fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil or pain, whether the threat is real or imagined.1 It causes feel
Abigail William’s Rise To Insanity
The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, illustrates the mass hysteria and madness surrounding the Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts during the seventeenth-century. The story takes place in the Puritan town of Salem, where strict rules on the way people in the
The Crucible: Air of Hysteria and Paranoia
The Crucible (1996) is a drama-film adaptation directed by Nicholas Hytner. The cast of the movie involves a myriad of performers such as Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder. Derived from the play by American playwright Arthur Miller, many plots and conce
“I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person…These seemingly fragile people are the strong people really (Williams: Twenty Years after Glass Menagerie).” Tennessee
The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller in 1953. The Crucible is about a group of girls who practice witchcraft and then accuse innocent people of being witches in order to avoid consequences. Miller wrote The Crucible in 1953 during the McCarthy period when many...
The Crucible: Hysteria and Injustice
The purpose is to educate and display to the reader the hysteria and
injustice that can come from a group of people that thinks it's doing the
"right" thing for society in relation to The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
In The Crucible, there was a lot of senseless behavior. The purpose of The Crucible is to educate the reader on the insanity that can form in a group of people who think they are judging fairly upon a group of people. Judge Hawthorne believes what he is told by certain people is the truth even if li
What is hysteria? By definition, hysteria is a state of intense agitation, anxiety, or excitement, especially as manifested by large groups or segments of society. In a broader sense however, hysteria is a killer, the delitescent devil. More specifically, hysteria was the main cause of
Salem's deteriorating social structure results in the murders of many innocent individuals. The Crucible deals with a community that is superficially knit tightly, however. Once the accusations of witchery begin, fear and suspicion sweep the town like a wild fire. When hysteria and hidden agendas
In 1692, the Salem Village of Massachusetts fell victim to an outbreak of mass hysteria caused by a fear of witchcraft. This fear of witchcraft was caused by a small group of girls who accused innocent people of the village of being under the influence of the devil and harming them with spells of wi
English Quotes – The Crucible
1. I look for John Proctor that took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men! And now you bid me tear the light out of m
Nov. 27th, 2012
The Role of Hysteria in Society
To begin with, let us define hysteria. According to the Google Dictionary, it is an “exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement, especially among a group of people. Symptoms may include selective amnesia, shallow
Late last August, Lori Brownell passed out while head banging at a concert. A few weeks later, she lost consciousness at her school’s homecoming dance. Her doctor didn’t know the cause of her illness but he put her on medication. However, the symptoms only got worse. She showed symptoms of invol
Fear and Hysteria in The Crucible
When communities are driven by radical beliefs, they become destructive forces, suppressing free thought and creating hysteria.
In the movie Jesus Camp, the extremist Evangelical church group becomes a destructive force by oppressing the free thought...
Arthur Miller's play The Crucible is centered around the mass hysteria created by accusations of witchcraft in the Puritan village of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. These accusations can be blamed on Abigail Williams' affair with John Proctor, the secret grudges that neighbors hold against each other