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Examples Of Hysteria In The Crucible

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Hazardous Hysteria Though many may think it an action or emotion, hysteria is considered a psychological disorder that first was only diagnosed in women (“Women and Hysteria in the History of Mental Health” n.pag.). A person with hysteria may be described as being in a possessive state and having little to no control over their actions or emotions. This troubling state of mind is clearly portrayed through characters in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible. During the 1950’s when McCarthyism was causing havoc, Miller, being accused himself, decided to write The Crucible in hopes to illustrate how America was repeating its own terrible history. Similarly, the hysterical mindsets of the Salem Witch Trials carried over to modern day Jordan, Minnesota where numerous parents were arrested for allegedly abusing their children during the Jordan Sex Scandal. As demonstrated by both The Crucible and The Jordan Sex Scandal, when hysteria breaks out in a community it causes the government to ignore basic rights of the people, ultimately corrupting justice. To begin, hysteria is what drove the Salem Witch Trials and caused them to be blown out of proportion. For example, at the beginning of the play when Reverend Hale begins his questioning, Tituba is accused of witchcraft simply because she is an outsider. No evidence has been presented proving that Tituba is indeed a witch, yet Mr. Putnam cries, “This woman must be hanged! She must be taken and hanged!”(Miller 47). Immediately
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