Theme Of Fear In The Crucible

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American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing on the world”. The Salem Witch Trials were were a classic example of scapegoating. This book started off in an small bedroom of a man named Reverend Samuel Parris. He lived in Salem, Massachusetts in the year of 1692, where people have been accused as witches and families snitch on each other in the fear of if they do not they would be hanged too. Three young girl was caught acting weird and was sentenced to being hanged. This cause a lot of people to start being very suspicious and unfaithful towards the peoples in their towns. Everyone have a specific response to fear which was anxiety. The effect anxiety have on people is nervousness,…show more content…
He also mention he wants god to be by his side. As the play progressed another fear was introduced, that fear was malicious affect the way they view others. This was introduced to us when Parris saw the girls acting weird and one ran naked through the trees. When he saw her he started to be more vicious toward his niece to get answers out of her but instead he got answers out of his daughter.”Estimates have shown on average that people photographed were considered more malicious after the game of assassination than before or after normal gambling.”( Henry A. Murray Jr., 2010 pg, 310-325) “Parris: Child. Sit you down. Abigail, quavering, as she sits: I would never hurt Betty. I love her dearly. Parris; Now look you, child, your punishment will come in its time. But if you trafficked with spirits in the forest I must know it now, for surely my enemies will, and they will ruin me with it. Abigail: But we never conjured spirits. Parris: Then why can she not move herself since midnight? This child is desperate! Abigail lowers her eyes. It must come out - my enemies will bring it out. Let me know what you done there. Abigail, do you understand that I have many enemies? Abigail: I have heard of it, uncle. Parris: There is a faction that is sworn to drive me from my pulpit. Do you understand that? Abigail: I think so, sir.”( Reverend Miller, 1952, pg 13) This dialogue shows how Parris is scared of his niece but still wants to know if her and his
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