Fear And Fear In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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For centuries, fear and suspicion have played monumental roles in the development of various writing styles that are still prominent today. In The Crucible, author Arthur Miller utilizes fear and suspicion to dictate the decision making and actions of the characters included in the text. It is evident that throughout the entirety of the play, fear and suspicion play a vital role in dictating some of the most defining moments and heavily impact the outcomes of various events. Thus, playwright Arthur Miller demonstrates that fear and suspicion are infectious and can produce a mass hysteria that destroys public order and rationale when Abigail attempts to blame the witchcraft on Tituba, when Giles tries to accuse Thomas Putnam of murder, and when Abigail and the girls try to frame Mary Warren at the trials. In Act I, fear and suspicion are depicted as creating a domino effect of mass hysteria that destroys public order when Abigail quickly tries to blame Tituba of the witchcraft she has been accused of

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