Outline For The Crucible Essay

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• Thesis: Fear can drive people to actions of cowardice and dishonesty.
• Abigail drinks blood out of the fear of losing John, the man she lusted over. Abigail was blind by her love for John by her obsession that one day she may be the next Goody Proctor. Her fear of being caught caused her to do things to protect her against accusations of witchcraft. She used intimidation to create an atmosphere of fear that pervades the entire play.
• In act one, she scares the girls into following everything she does: "Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you . . . I can make you wish you had never
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He says, “if he bring even one of these to God, that confession surely damns the others in the public eye, and none may doubt more that they are linked to hell",(pg.128).
• He believed that this would help him continue to appear moral in the town during immoral and unjust proceedings. Should he lose his facade of morality, he would lose his position of power as reverend. He is also afraid that because of the reputations that John Proctor and Rebecca Nurse hold that people would come after them, if one of them didn’t confess. Parris was prepared to do anything when he is in fear. He is man that will go against his own beliefs, to live.
• Parris was a spineless coward that let silence take over his righteousness. Names were blurted out in the courtroom because of the fear of being hanged. Fear won the battle between evil and good in Salem. Abigail’s sudden psychotic outburst were not the only ones fuel by fear, the girls also falter by bending to her wishes and following her lead of accusing anyone that stood in her way. The power of fear is portrayed in many books, and The Crucible is an excellent illustration of one of the most dangerous human
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