The Role Of Fear In The Crucible

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Author Millers, The Crucible, is a play about the fear, of witchcraft in the sixteenth century, and what fear does to people in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts. During the colonial time period, witchcraft was punishable by death. In Salem the idea of witchcraft not only feared the people, but also the community as a whole. The community of Salem was split into two demographics by poor farmers, and wealthy merchants, becomes a scared fearful town during the accusations, not knowing if your neighbor was or was not a witch. The church of Salem plays an important role in the outcome of the town; the church has immense power and control of the town. The individuals of Salem all deal with the fear of witchcraft differently, and that is…show more content…
I beg you, sir; I beg you—see her she is. . . . She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore’s vengeance. (83) John Proctor and a select group of the persecuted people from Salem were against the teachings of the church, thus leading to them being persecuted by Rev. Parris and the church. The Church of Salem and more specifically Rev. Parris were disliked by the community, because of the strict rules and judgment of the church on the individuals of the community. The Crucible, by Author Miller conveys the message of fear and paranoia of witchcraft in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. The community, the church, and the individuals all deal with the fear in their own different ways. The separated community and individuals dealt with the fear by “pointing the finger”, and the church dealt with fear by lying and trying some members of crimes they did not commit. Throughout the course of history, people from different races, cultures, and backgrounds have all dealt with the fear in different ways, causing numerous persecutions of innocent

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