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Mass Hysteria in The Crucible
Transcript of Mass Hysteria in The Crucible
end of Act I
, Salem is in the
early stages of the blaze
that spreads because of
the uncontrollable, irrational behavior
of the girls.
“I saw Goody Hawkins with the Devil!”
“I saw Goody Bibber with the Devil!”
“I saw Goody Booth with the Devil!”
on pg. 44
“You have sent your spirit out upon this child, have you not?
“She sends her spirit on me in church; she makes me laugh at prayer.”
: I hope you are not decided to go in search of loose spirits, Mr. Parris. I’ve heard promise of that outside.”
that drives the plot of Arthur Miller’s play,
, is a
in Act I.
The village of Salem had an
underlying fear of witchcraft
, and there are
influence of witchcraft
behavior of the girls
attempt to escape punishment
Abigail reacts to Hale’s questions for Tituba by
using Tituba as a scapegoat
for her own situation. This is one of the first examples of how
the hysteria spreads
Abigail claims her first public victim
girls have seen Tituba “free herself” from the Devil
falsely accusing others
, they begin to follow Abigail’s lead by naming women who they saw with the Devil. This act will
pull innocent women into the hysteria
the pattern will continue