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The Crucible Project

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Kyle Keepers

on 27 September 2012

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Fear in History and The Crucible By: Kyle, Alex, Kyle, and Brice Major Theme: Fear Fear is one of the major themes used in The Crucible. Some scare tactics used in the book where fear is seen include the appearance of the Devil, inhumane actions, religion intolerance, and even uses of threatening Examples from the text Those accused were scared of being hanged:
Putnam: "She must be taken and hanged!"
Tituba: (terrified, falls) "No, no, do not hang Tituba!"
(Act 1, Scene 1, p. 47)

Everyone was scared of being accused of interactng with the devil:
Hale: "Woman, have to enlisted these children for the devil?"
Tituba: "No, no, sir. I don't truck with no Devil!
(Act 1, Scene 1, p. 46)

The overall mood of Salem could frighten anybody:
Parris: "Tonight, when i open my door to leave my house-a dagger clattered to the ground"
(Silence. Danforth absorbs this. Now Parris cries out)
"You cannot hang this sort. There is a danger for me. I dare not step outside at night!
(Act 4, Scene 1, p. 135) Major: The Devil was present in most Massachusetts towns during this time period
Minor: Salem was a town in Massachusetts
Conclusion: The Devil was present in Salem during this time period Syllogisms Major: Whoever was not mentioned in the Constitution did not have formal rights
Minor: African Americans and women were not mentioned in the Constitution
Conclusion: African Americans and women did not have rights Major: People who were not part of the Aryan race were sent to concentration camps or executed

Minor: Jews, blacks, and the mentally ill were not part of the Aryan race

Conclusion: Jews, blacks, and the mentally ill were sent to concentration camps or executed Appearance of the Devil In this novel, the Devil is brought up in multiple different conversations. All of the witchcraft actions that were accused of the characters were apparently brought upon by the Devil. Since in almost all religions, the Devil is the opposite of God, witchcraft would be the way the Devil shows himself in outrage at the Gods of the Salem town's society. Inhumane Actions Religious Intolerance Threatening Some nonhuman, or god-like, actions appeared in The Crucible, too. One example of this is when Betty was laying on the bed at the beginning of the book. She wakes up later and is freaking out, screaming and trying to fly away. These actions are not human-like, and is a perfect example of fear experienced in The Crucible. Religious intolerance is seen as a major sub-theme in the novel, especially when the townspeople reacted to the threat of Satanism. The threat begins to appear as the town notices the odd signs and works of witchcraft. Even if it is only an inconvenient instance, the people of Salem always assumed it was the work of the Lord or the Devil, with no exceptions. The ties between the people and their religion are so close it nearly blinds them as they assume abnormal activity is linked to sin. There were also a lot of threats going around throughout the book. The biggest example of threatening seen in the Crucible is when the court threatens those accused of hanging. If they admit to witchcraft, then they live, but if they do not admit to witchcraft, they are hanged. This deal is somewhat confusing and isn't very fair to those who are actually innocent. Persuasive Tactics and Motives Works Cited Bregeth 6th 9/27/12 September 11th, 2001 Relations to History In order to promote fear in the United States and its citizens, forces from al-Qaeda targeted several attacks on major places including the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the Capitol, and many other major places. Not only did this cause significant costs in damage, but also created an emotional scar from the people. http://www.justice.gov/archive/ll/highlights.htm http://www.dclikealocal.com/dclikealocal/2010/10/25/fear-an-american-tradition-since-1692.html The Crucible-Novel Slavery during colonial times In the 1600's and 1700's, slavery was a crucial part for many of the colonies. Many of the slave owners had numerous slaves, so in order to ensure the dominance and to maintain white supremacy, racism began to appear when social and cultural boundaries were set up. Cruel and harsh punishments like torturing and whipping were applied to make slaves fear their owners and the law. This made the owners become leaders who enforced the rules with fear and persuasion. When focusing on The Holocaust and World War II, Hitler becomes a very important topic. Hitler was very convincing during his rule over Europe. He use many persuasive tactics and his speeches were very powerful. Some tactics he used when delivering speeches were his volume, his mannerism, and his attitude. For example, he would start his speeches very quiet and calm, and would work his way up to a yell by the end. His confident mannerism and strong and brave attitude also made him very persuasive. The Holocaust During World War II, a horrific genocide popularly known as the Holocaust took place. This was the punishment of people who were not part of the Aryan race: Jews, blacks, gypsies, and anyone who argued with the authorities. They were either sent to concentration or death camps, where the fear of not knowing when death would knock on their door was on their minds. Fear: http://spitfiremurphy.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/9-11-2.jpg http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/life/inside-the-mind/emotions/fear.htm
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