The Fear Of Fear In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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The line for a rollercoaster. Sweaty hands, deep breaths, butterflies dancing in the stomach. Hearts beating fast and knees going weak. This feeling must be harmful, but is it? When someone encounters something that they are afraid of, the two most prevailing instincts are whether to stay and fight, or to take flight and leave. However, some people go into shock and just freeze. All of these could either save someone’s life, or cause serious injury or death. This begs the question, is fear always a harmful emotion? Fear is not a harmful emotion, in fact, it is one of the emotions that keeps humans safe. Without fear, people would constantly be in grave danger and risk death because they would not take any precautions when encountering dangerous situations. Fear is not harmful because it causes someone to think quickly and rationally, to find a solution, and to find any means of survival.
When someone senses a situation of danger, (s)he tends to react quickly and rationally in order to stay safe. In “The Crucible” written by Arthur Miller, the day after the girls are found dancing in the woods, the townspeople are starting to say it is witchcraft. The girls are all afraid but not as scared as Mary Warren. She begins to freak out as the fear consumes her and she pleads “Abby we’ve got to tell. Witchery’s a hangin’ error, a hangin’ like they done in boston two years ago! We must tell the truth Abby!...”(Miller Act I: 145). Although Mary is acting out of fear, she is providing

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