The Mass Hysteria In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Have you ever wondered what it feels to correspond to a community that sustains being lied to constantly? Well, in Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, there holds a significant amount of lying, cheating, and disagreement. In his play, Mr. Putman catches Abigail and a few other girls dancing naked in the forest, and they are trying their best to deny it. Miller states that the court has the right to hang Christian if he or she were to dance, especially when naked. The girls don’t wish to confess, for the reason that they apprehend that they will either be punished or tortured. Abigail, John, and Betty are responsible for causing the mass hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts. Abigail is a girl who is 18 years of age, has a mighty attitude, and has no respect for others. She is not aghast of anything, and doesn’t care if she exasperates the villagers for her actions.According to Arthur Miller, Abigail is trying to say is that, beware girls, if you tell anyone that our own selves participated in activities other than dancing, that she will come to their house and stab you with a sharp object such as a knife. In that same statement, she mentions that she has the strength to undertake, since she witnessed Indians killing both her parents on the pillow next to her’s. She isn’t frightened of nobody, therefore she accomplishes what she wants, no matter the consequences. We learn the true motives behind Abigail’s actions, even as she tries to influence the girls to agree on a story to

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