Leading Cause Of Negativity In Society In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Rumors are among the many dilemmas afflicting the human condition. They eat away at society like a parasite, undermining morality and infecting good intentions with malice or decay. Despite the fact that rumors are not always accurate, they still spread like wildfires. Rumors are the leading cause of negativity in society. In Arthur Miller's work, The Crucible, rumors spur mass hysteria in the colonial town of Salem by changing people's views of a situation, undermining the self-confidence of victims, and inspiring fear among friends and neighbors.
Likewise, a person’s perception and viewpoint drastically change from rumors whether they are true or not. People often tend to believe everything they hear, which causes society to conclude that the rumor is true without knowing all the facts. In The Crucible, a character named Parris illustrates this by saying, “She may be. And yet it has troubled me that you are now seven months out of their house, and in all this time no other family has ever called for your service” (Miller 1.1.26). In addition to their assumptions, the gossip itself leads to the false accusations of Abigail. “No matter how much gossip gets into the people’s heads who live in Salem, they would never choose to talk to the person, just about them” (Decter). Jumping to conclusions causes people to judge others unfairly and without merit, causing physical and emotional damage to anyone affected by the untruth of the rumor. This is an identical struggle that

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