Since their bad luck never disappeared their witch hunt would not soon be satisfied. The whole tragic trials were apparently started when several young girls were found playing with a ball made of crystal. Only trying to escape their punishment, they claimed to have been forced to do so by a witch. The church tried to seek out and punish the witch or wizard responsible for tormenting the girls and thus started this whole out of control event. The minister of the town, Samuel Parris, not only didn’t help the problem, but added fuel to the fire by telling the town that witches were everywhere and that no one could be trusted.
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.
The trials are an opportunity for Ann Putnam to seek vengeance against Rebecca for having healthy children and grandchild... ... middle of paper ... ... life and goes back to these girls who turned on her in an instant. Others even confess to witchcraft because, once accused, it is the only way to get out of being hanged. The confessions and the hangings actually promote the trials because they assure townsfolk that God?s work is being done. Fear for their own lives and for the lives of their loved ones drives the townspeople to say and do anything. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller shows that the tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials stems from human failings, particularly the need for vengeance, greed, and fear.
Gay people hunts began with the myth and lies that being gay was a mental illness and many more, which of course are big lies. In ‘The Crucible’ fear of being in danger is manifested when Abigail and the rest of the girls after being caught dancing in the forest decided to accuse people instead of taking the responsibility themselves. ‟ I saw Sarah Good with th... ... middle of paper ... ... carried the blame trying to break free from it but he got killed. In conclusion it can be said that the whole witch hunt idea is based on three things: fear, beliefs/convictions and blame. We fear so we stereotype.
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 trials begin due to Abigail and her friends fearing the consequences of their defiance of Salem’s puritan society. The witch hunt in the crucible is initiated when Abigail and her friends fear the consequences of their ‘dancing’ in the forest. This connects to McCarthyism as the HUAC is represented by the judges and the ‘accuses’ (the girls) are representatives of Elia Kazan and others like him. The theocratic society of Salem is what the girls fear as the forest is seen as the devils resting place and the puritan nature of the town forbid dancing as it was seen as ‘vain enjoyment’ which as Miller himself states at the beginning of the novel to not be allowed.
The attacks turned into terrifying states where “people themselves began to revel in the fear which was being used to rule their minds” (Levanture 1). Both McCarthy and the girls in the play use methods that would appeal to others’ emotion rather than their reason. Puritan Salem within the play had a high fear for any particular type of interference with the Devil, so when the girls bring the idea, the town citizens attempt to do anything possible to free the town of any witchcraft including sentencing people to their death and hanging them. This is shown whenever “Abigail brings the other girls into the court, and when she walks the crowd will part like the sea for Israel...and if they scream and howl...the person’s clapped in the jail for bewitching them” (Miller 53). This shows how the citizens of Salem believe anything whenever there is a chance of fraud.
Also, the main reason that people were accused in the first place, is because when Tituba was being questioned, they were asking if she saw Sara Good and Sara Osborne with the Devil. Of course she said yes, they were threatening to kill her. Another example of fear in the village, is the fear of accepting your own actions and taking responsibility. The Puritans believed in predestination, and if the girls were dancing just to dance, and not because the Devil took them from their path to God, the townspeople would then have to take the responsibility for that, as it would be thier fault for letting these girls go astray. They were also afraid of change.
People were forbidden to partake in many activities and many acts are punishable by the name of God. Documents from the time, such as John Winthrop’s, an early colonist, “City Upon a Hill”, shows how puritans were “commanded... to love the Lord our God”, and going against the word of God was taken very seriously. Thus, the people lived in fear of getting punished. When an innocent little girl proclaimed to be under the influence of the devil, the widespread fear shook the entire village. Blame starts to be put on people, and soon, the witch hunt commenced.
Although a strict society composed of high morality and disciplinary laws may be necessary for safety, it causes internal conflicts within the individuals. In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller a theocracy in Salem rules and guides the citizens into doing what is “right”, but eventually backfires due to issues of reputation and jealousy. Society has a lot of influence on the citizens, and with a bad reputation, it is nearly impossible to live in a Puritan society. Salem’s strict Puritanical social structure causes personal struggles for the individuals involved in the events of The Crucible, and then eventually these personal struggles affect the society overall. Abigail’s struggles come from many of her personal desires that are forbidden in her society, causing her to lie.
The people in Salem started the hysteria because of fear. Abigail William and Betty Parris started this because they were scared of the consequences by being caught dancing in the forest, which was the Devil's house and a sin. When Betty noticed that her dad had seen her she was so scared that she fainted. Betty was pretending that she was fainted for days because she did not want to face any consequences. The other girls did the same thing for fear.