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Connecting Conspiracy to the Crucible
Transcript of Connecting Conspiracy to the Crucible
A belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for a circumstance or event.
"This predilection for minding other people's
business was time-honored among the people of Salem, and it undoubtedly created many of the suspicions which were to feed the coming madness."(Overture)
As the quote shows, the people of Salem watched each other closely. Today, conspiracy theories spread rapidly due to all of the communication technology. Although Salem didn't have advanced communication, the principles on which it was founded caused the gossip to spread just as rapidly.
"Oh, Mary, this is a black art to change your shape. No, I cannot, I cannot stop my mouth; it's God's work I do."(III,1005-1007)
A main tactic conspiracy theorists use to defend themselves when being attacked is to claim the the person attacking them is in on the plot. Abigail does this to Mary Warren when Mary tries to confess that all the witchcraft was only pretense. Abigail undermines Mary's legitimacy by acting as if Mary is a witch herself.
"We cannot blink it more. There is a prodigious fear of this court in the country- "(III,457-458)
Most Conspiracy theories start from the distrust of government. If the government says one little thing that does not exactly match up with the truth, the conspirators jump all over it. this is what happened in Salem. The people were afraid of the courts and did not trust it. Therefore, the accused admitted to witchcraft even though they were innocent.
Imagine if you lived during the Salem witch hunt conspiracy. The whole town in disarray, being accused of witchcraft when you try to stand against it, the whole town knowing exactly what you said because your neighbor is always watching you. There is really nothing you could do to stop the hysteria. Even the hero of the story fell to the conspirators. This is what happens when a conspiracy takes over a community.