Mass Hysteria And The Boston Marathon Bombing

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Mass Hysteria and the Boston Marathon Bombing From the fear of communism to the fear of terrorism, mass hysteria affects the United States the most. According to Abraham Lincoln, the United States will not fall from without, but from within. Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible in 1963. Miller illustrates mass hysteria by using the actions of Abigail, Tituba, and Marry Warren in order to show how their actions compromised justice in Salem. The response of the Boston Marathon Bombing is an example of mass hysteria like in The Crucible. In this essay, I will argue that those who act to preserve power use fear and uncertainty, irrational behavior and fear must continue to fuel the hysteria, and the lawgivers must use unjust actions to establish justice. The reason I decided to choose the theme of mass hysteria is to show the relevance and importance of mass hysteria in our recent history. Firstly, those that act in the interest of preserving power and self-interest create the use of fear and uncertainty. As a result, irrational and unjust behavior compromise justice within a society. Even Pyle states “the question is further complicated because the forces of society (the trials) may be corrupted by self-interest (Parris)” (Pyle). By definition, mass hysteria is “a socially contagious frenzy of irrational behavior in a group of people in reaction to some event experienced in common” (Nicholas). Miller’s point of using mass hysteria in Salem is to illustrate the events of

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