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Examples Of Hysteria In The Crucible

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Hysteria within Human Qualities In Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, the Salem tragedy develops a paradox of the town itself in the corollary of paradoxes within many of characters revealed by their paradoxical actions. In the town of Salem, people who populated the area were Puritans who had left England to establish a perfect society followed by the principles of the Protestant Church. In Massachusetts during 1692, the town minister, Reverend Parris discovers his daughter Betty and niece Abigail dancing in the woods with their slave Tituba. Eventually, this leads to the widespread rumor of witchcraft. A mass hysteria occurs and soon a majority of the townspeople were accused of witchcraft. The people who were convicted either had two options: to confess and hang or to deny the accusers and face brutal consequences for not confessing. A local farmer named John Proctor, goes through a series of hellish calamity to end this fever and revive the true nature of a Puritan society. In “The Crucible”, John Proctor, Abigail Williams, and Danforth, in the Salem tragedy, teach us valuable lessons through their paradoxical behavior in human qualities that every generation contains along with societal paradoxes that is exemplified in both the Puritan and contemporary society. In a Puritan society, individuality is discouraged and as well as individual ambitions, however, sexual desires, jealousy, vengeance, etc. were motives for the witch
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