What Is Fear In The Crucible

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The Prime Instigator of Conflict is Fear Fear and violence is rampant within the Salem society in “The Crucible”. This insular society is obsessed with sin and damnation, where neighbors are found pitted against each other and judgment is the norm. This is an extremely conflicted environment that engenders fear. The structure of this community fights itself because it is in massive conflict, so hysteria and anarchy is the rule of the day. The rigid and apprehensive nature of the society encourages conflict as it denies the individuals the opportunity for legitimately voicing and enunciating ones true self. The political, religious and personal conflict between the characters comes from their deeply held fears and one rightly wonders just how religious some characters are. This “hellfire and brimstone” version of Christianity is so twisted as to summon full hearty terror. Like in many other instances it is barely recognizable,…show more content…
These invisible crimes are used to serve malicious self-interest and to manipulate others to fear the law and to question themselves. This infests the god-fearing community with terror of the government and works people into a frenzy where the accused must confess or face punishment. It is uncompromising and doesn’t allow room to negotiate ones innocence, giving way to emphasizing fear further. “Miller’s play is a condemnation of an administration that uses religious intolerance as a way to wield control and repress its’ citizens.” Furthermore, the allegations the questions are leading. The phrase “The Devil can never overcome a minister” gives the ministers unearthly powers over the “invisible world”, further highlighting the status-quo and engendering awe and fear. In this fashion and in the face of public terror, they act out their righteous tasks and court

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