Mass Hysteria and Analysis of Arthur Miller´s The Crucible

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For centuries people have used the power of suggestion to cause mass hysteria. Author Miller poses this theory in his realistic play “The Crucible.” Set in Salem 1962, the play begins when young puritan girls were caught dancing in the woods and got caught by Reverend Parris. The girls become scared that they may be accused of witchcraft so they make false accusations that damage the lives of others. John Proctor is a farmer who gets caught in their web of deceptions by trying to save the lives of others. Through his experience in the courtroom and in prison, and especially under bombardment by the villagers. Author Miller realistically shows how an individual such as johns proctor can be ostracized by the community. When he first appears in the play John Proctor is a respected member of the village, who sees little worth in himself or in others. In Act 2, John Proctor is having a conversation with his wife Elizabeth about going into town to tell others about the conservation he had with Abigail, the girl he had an affair with. John is having trouble going through with this decision because he feels guilty and doesn’t want to get caught. He tells her “I am only wondering how I may prove what she told me, Elizabeth. If the girls a saint now, I think it is not easy to prove she’s a fraud, and the town gone so silly. She told it to me in a room alone- I have no proof of it.”(Miller, 163)Proctor makes this statement as if he were trying to excuse his lecherous behavior in

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