How can one’s desire for safety lead them down a path of evil? Several characters find themselves in this exact position in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. This novel explores the intense witch trials and how big of a role fear plays in Salem. Since almost everyone is religious, people who commit sins are scared to death about people finding out and try to keep it a secret for as long as possible. No one is spared from the judgements of the one-sided court, causing innocent townspeople to be convicted and those who cunningly blame others to manipulate the proceedings to align with their personal selfish wishes.
Human Flaws in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Many of the characters in Arthur Miller's The Crucible have specific human flaws that cause the tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem villagers exhibit failings, including greed, vengeance, and fear, which eventually lead to the downfall of their town. Many villagers, especially Abigail Williams, take advantage of the opportunity to seek vengeance on others through the trials. Greed for power and land often holds precedence when the hysteria takes over. Fear of being arrested or put to death is the key motivation in turning others in as witches.
The play “The Crucible” is an allegory for the McCarthyism hysteria that occurred in the late 1940’s to the late 1950’s. Arthur Miller’s play “the crucible” and the McCarthyism era demonstrates how fear can begin conflict. The term McCarthyism has come to mean “the practice of making accusations of disloyalty”, which is the basis of the Salem witch trials presented in Arthur Miller’s play. The fear that the trials generate leads to the internal and external conflicts that some of the characters are faced with, in the play. The town’s people fear the consequences of admitting their displeasure of the trials and the character of John Proctor faces the same external conflict, but also his own internal conflict.
The Salem Witchcraft Trails were caused and continued by various events and people. Diseases, natural catastrophes, misfortune, and deaths seemed to be around every corner for the people that lived in Salem. Instead of writing these events off as bad luck people in Salem blamed these horrible things on the Devil. The people of the town believed that the Devil recruits witched and wizards to do his work for him. As soon as something bad happened, the God-fearing people of Salem were quick to blame it on a witch or wizard.
Abigail lies to save herself by giving the names of others to be killed. “You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!” (88). Abigail also uses threats of violence and the thought of her actually knowing some real witchcraft to scare them into not speaking up about what was really going on with her. She is very evil, and throughout the novel driven t... ... middle of paper ... ...imation of irony considering the prodigious amounts of lies are told in order to “protect” the court and the people of Salem. The process of proving the guilty and finding the innocent involved with witchcraft has a lot to do with the greed, selfishness and personal grudges that the characters display throughout the trials.
Naturally as humans we tend to belief or convince oneself that those things are not good. Then we need to attribute those ‘bad things’ to people but what is done instead is blame others. Either of two things happen once people are blamed; the first group of people blame others to get themselves out of trouble as it was mainly done in ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller, while the second group of people choose to live with the blame while trying to break free from it and the, like in modern day Gay Hunt As it can be seen witch hunts start with fear. Fear of the unknown is probably the biggest fear people have. This kind of fear starts every witch hunt as people decide to pre-judge those thing they do not know to stereotype them as bad things.
Fear toke over the town so much that people would expose their neighbors of misleading crimes, just to protect themselves. Fear is the key subject in The Crucible. The reason the young girls are able to make such accusations and able to convict innocent people of witchcraft is because they prey on the fear of the townspeople. Fear of being caught dancing in the woods leads the young girls to start telling their tale of lies. Fear of disappointing god is why Reverend Hale starts his questionings.
The desire for privacy makes one suspect others because if they do not convict others it looks as if they themselves might have something to hide. It is ironic that Reverend Parris says that the witchcraft investigation might reveal the source of all the community's problems 'Why, Rebecca, we may open up the boil of all our troubles today' because in the end the witchcraft investigation provokes the burning down and destruction of the community. The witch trials are also metaphorically a melting pot, again, for people's grudges, and their seeking of revenge. The play shows us also how people can give into their fear and superstition. The trials are not really about witchcraft, Abigail admits to John in private how the witchery is a hoax 'We were dancing in the woods last night and my uncle leaped out on us.
Blame starts to be put on people, and soon, the witch hunt commenced. The accused tended to be the minority of the puritans, and it was clear that the people were using the hysteria for their own personal goals. The accused were judged harshly and punished quickly. Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible” was set in the aforementioned events, and he explaine... ... middle of paper ... ...communists by HUAC. In the end, fear makes people take radical actions and make sacrifices in order to feel safe again, no matter if it is 1692 or the 20th century.
One example is Rebecca Nurse; previously a respected member of the Salem community, imprisoned and hanged simply because of the girls’ unfounded accusations. It is this irrational fear of the Devil destroying the Puritan lifestyle of Salem that controls the minds of the townsfolk, forcing them to conform to the Court’s agenda. The overpowering ideology of Puritanism compels them to condemn anybody who shows any sign of deviation from the strict path that their religion