Fear and Power in the Crucible

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Andrea Loera Hour 2 Fear and Power in The Crucible During the Holocaust, Adolf Hitler used fear to gain power over the people. He created the Gestapo, the S.S, and various concentration camps to threaten and punish those who opposed his views. Many were so scared to combat Hitler so the only thing they could do was follow along with his ways, leaving him in full control. This is not unlike life in ancient Salam for those who were to face the puritan authorities. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller uses Abigail to illustrate how people will instill fear into others in order to gain power. First, Abigail asserts to her power to the girls by making the treat that she will come for the them in their sleep if they do not keep to her story. When attention is brought to the girls for being involved with witchcraft, Abigail becomes paranoid that the story of what she really did in the forest might surface and be faced with the consequences. She then warns the girls, “Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a point reckoning that will shudder you” (72). Through this, it is seen that Abigail is trying to gain power over the girls by making them scarred that they will be hurt if they do not abide in her words. By making the girls fear Abigail and her threats, Abigail is slowly gaining control and power. Next, when Mary Warren is confronted by John Proctor to tell the court that Abigail is lying, she says she cannot because of fear of what Abigail may to do her. Under the grips of Proctor, Mary cries “She’ll kill me for sayin’ that!” (102) and “I cannot, they’ll turn on me!” (102). Abigail is now able assert control through Mary’s reluctance to reveal Abigail to the court. Abigail has Mary so terrified of her wrathful consequences, that she develops some power
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