Examples Of Hysteria In The Crucible

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The Crucible An event in history that was impacted by mass hysteria was the Red Scare. The Red Scare was an event in US history in which everyone was paranoid and scared of being called a communist. Being called communist during that time period was a terrible thing. Hysteria among the people caused there to be more fear and tension in the atmosphere. Many feared the House Un-American Activities Committee, HUAC, this fear spread throughout the country quickly. The fear promoted the people to lie and start accusing others of being communist. The same scenario can be seen in the Salem Witch Trials. In The Crucible written by Arthur Miller, hysteria plays a major role because the people of Salem are not thinking logically which leads to many people in being hung in Salem. To start off with, hysteria in The Crucible leads to accused people placing the accusation on to someone else to get themselves out of trouble. Parris and Hale are questioning Tituba and Abigail about witchcraft and what they had done to the other girls. Tituba admits to working for the devil, and she gives Hale a name of another witch. Hale says Tituba must give more information if she wants to be blessed by God. Now Abigail, wanting to stay out of the spotlight, rises and cries out, “ I want to open myself! I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him: I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody
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