Mass Hysteria In Abigail Williams In The Crucible

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In the story/play mass hysteria plays an important role in Salem in the late 1600s. For instance Abigail Williams one of the girls in the crucible that uses mass hysteria to exploit the people of Salem around her. Mass hysteria means a group of people who over exaggerate something and becomes a fear. According to a quote from Abigail Williams says ”She is blackening my name in the village! She is telling lies about me! She is a cold sniveling woman! And you bend to her! Let her turn you like a-” which means she only accuses people because she wants…show more content…
Another quote “i will not blacken my face for any of them” which can tell me that she is not willing to sacrifice her reputation for others she wants to maintain her reputation for herself. It was not just Abigail everyone in Salem was turning on each other even the people they knew for a very long time. I think the reason why people did that because they were pressured into giving out names or were threatened to be condemned or imprisoned. According to an article the salem witch trials and Mccarthyism it states that “My basic need was to respond to a phenomenon which, with only small exaggeration, one could say paralyzed a whole generation and in short time dried up the habits or trust and toleration in public discourse.” this quote sounds like something that happened in the Crucible. A quote from the article states “ the object was to destroy the credibility of any and all ideas associating with socialism and communism, whose proponents
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