The Bob Essay

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Subhan Asad May 11, 2012 Essay Imagine a world in which women didn't have rights, and men had complete control over them. Imagine being accused of something that was not true. In Arthur Miller's play, “The Crucible,” Hysteria plays a major role. A vast majority of characters are deeply impacted by the hysteria that occurs. Many of these characters go through life changing events that change them forever. Even the neighbors suddenly turn on each other and accuse people they’ve known for years of practicing witchcraft and devil-worship. The town of Salem falls into mass hysteria, “an uncontrollable outburst of emotion or fear.” Arthur Miller’s play, “The Crucible” is about the Salem witch trials in 1860. These were classic examples of mass hysteria, resulting in the hanging of a great many respectable men and woman of charges of “trafficking” with the devil. They were convicted by people at least as themselves, largely on the evidence of four young girls who had been caught dancing in the moonlight and laid their dissolute behavior to the influence of Satan. Innocent people are accused and convicted of witchcraft on the most ridiculous testimony. Citizens who sign petitions attesting to the good character of the accused friends and neighbors are thrown into prison as suspects. Anyone who tries to introduce into court the voice of reason is likely to be held in contempt. Its a guilty until proven guilty situation, the opposite of what we have today. The only way out for the accused is to make false confessions and themselves join the accusers. The character and the motives of all characters in this drama are simple and clear. The girls who raised the accusation of witchcraft were trying to cover up their own misbehavior. The Reverend Samuel Parris found in the investigation of witchcraft murmuring against his “undemocratic” conduct of the church. The

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