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The Main Causes Of Fear In The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is set in Salem, Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. The chaos around the witch trials and the background of how the people were affected was depicted explicitly. Arthur Miller, went through a period of fear during the Cold War when the American people who believed in democracy, feared that Communists were planning to throw democracy over. Miller was accused of being associated with the American Communist Party so he got sent to court just like many others who were falsely accused of witchcraft. To warn people about this time, he wrote the famous play, The Crucible. Arthur Miller addresses important themes throughout the play to express the pain people experienced during this time. “Fear” is one of the main themes that can be discussed in The Crucible. The people that were living in this time period experienced extreme cases of being fearful. Their lives were surrounded by people who were fearful of getting persecuted or possessed. People were also fearful for their own friends and family. One of the main forms of fear was the fear of evil. The townspeople in the play are afraid that the Devil was in the forests and surrounding their village while trying to look for an opportunity to catch the citizens. In the play it is shown that Ruth becomes ill. It's automatically assumed that the Devil has possessed her. This shows that people were always afraid of being possessed. Mary Warren was a woman that was very fearful of
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