Hysteria, By Arthur Millers

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The Crucible: Hysteria Hysteria is a psychological disorder whose symptoms include conversion of psychological stress into physical symptoms. In other words Hysteria is an exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion. Hysteria is easily seen in communities all over the world and is known for making and breaking relationships. In, “The Crucible,” by Arthur Millers, I believe hysteria plays a big role for tearing apart Salem. During the witch hunt, many people who were accused would do whatever it takes to clear their name, or get rid of someone. This has been exemplified by many characters in the play, of them creating an environment where people act on their anger towards other people and also, guilt to cover their tracks. In the middle 1700’s, people also demonstrated hysteria. They would over exaggerate on the sins people make, making it seem worse than it is. They would shun and shame whoever committed the sin. In, “The Crucible,” the way hysteria began to rise was after the event of the young girls of the community of Salem are caught dancing in the moonlight believing that it will help kill Proctors wife. When they got caught, Abigail, one of the young girls, refuse to confess and started to accuse innocent people of sending the Devil on them. She acted on her guilt, lying and making over exaggerated assumptions. Abigail said, “Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam’s dead sisters. And that is all. And mark this. Let either of you breathe a
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