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"The Crucible IOP"

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Yasmine Resnick

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Yasmine Resnick Analyzing Fear in "The Crucible" In both the play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller and in past and present day society, it has become evident that fear causes people to act irrationally. How does fear and irrationality directly relate to "The Crucible"? McCarthyism After World War II, antics were high and Americans were paranoid back home.
The fear of Communism spread just as quickly as the US anticipated Communism itself would spread.
McCarthy held trials in which accused Communists would have to prove their loyalty to the US.
Many innocent US citizens were accused and prosecuted as a result. How is this theme represented in real life? Danforth As one of the two judges in Salem Court, it is Danforth's job to serve justice, no matter what the pretenses.
Danforth is characterized as power hungry and proud.
When Mary Warren steps forward to admit that the girls of Salem had been tricking him, and that witchcraft wasn't real, Danforth feels threatened.
Afraid that word would get out to the townspeople, Danforth is quick to deny these claims, whether he believes them or not, to assert his dominance. What is Fear is emotion brought about by physical and emotional stimuli that poses a threat to you. Irrationality is a state of being illogical or absurd. Characterization and conflicts help to convey the theme of irrationality caused by fear. Abigail Abigail is Reverend Parris' niece and is known for her mischievous behavior.
While working in the Proctor household, she had an affair with John Proctor.
She fell in love with the idea that she had someone to care about her. She became obsessed, doing anything and everything to secure John as hers.
Abigail began the witch trials as a way to get John's wife, Goody Proctor (Elizabeth), killed, in fear that she'd lose him. Mary Warren "'She thinks to dance with me on my wife's grave....But it is a whore's vengance and you must see it;'" (Miller, Act III, 110) Mary Warren is the housekeeper at the Proctor household.
A naturally passive, quiet girl who is empowered by the Salem Witch Trials to be outspoken.
Although the trials gave her power and popularity, she sees how the girls are deceiving the court and feels it is only right to tell the truth.
When attempting to tell the truth, Mary cracks under pressure and is afraid of being accused of witchcraft. "'Mr. Danforth, I only thought I saw them but I did not....Let me go, Mr. Proctor, I cannot, I cannot-'" (Miller, Act III, 109) "'Indeed not, but it strike hard upon me that she will dare come here with such a tale. Now Mr. Proctor, before I decide whether I shall hear you or not, it is my duty to tell you this. We burn a hot fire here; it melts down all concealment'"(Miller, Act III, 89) Throughout history, examples of irrational behavior caused by fear are numerous. Post ~ 9/11 What is It was a campaign against alleged communists in the US carried out under Senator Joseph McCarthy in the period 1950–1954 (post WWII) Similar to the time period of McCarthyism, post WWII, the years following the tragic event on September 11th, 2001 were full of paranoia.
Scared, many discriminated against US citizens of the same or similar ethnicity as the terrorists responsible for 9/11, accusing them of terrorism.
Most of these cases were wrongful accusations, only feeding the hysteria that sadly continues today.
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