The Role Of Fear In The Crucible

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Fear is more powerful than you think What is fear? The dictionary says that is an emotion aroused by danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or not; the feeling or condition of being afraid. But fear is an emotion that really affects people, makes them behave without thinking and doubt about everything. This strong emotion takes an important role in The Crucible: At the end of the 17th century the people of Salem only had a few things to be afraid of: Ruling authority punishments, that their name was brought into shame and the pain and suffering of being bothered from supernatural forces. The girls from the play use these weapons to their advantage and to avoid their own fears of punishment. The punishment for a witch who does not confess was death. When someone is told "they will not hang them if they confess" their fear of death pushes them to do whatever they can to avoid it. In a state of mass hysteria, fear can also be used as a weapon for revenge.…show more content…
In The Crucible Abigail is a young woman with many obsessions. She is obsessed with John Proctor to the point that she would do anything to get rid of Elizabeth. She is obsessed with her anger - Abigail hates Salem, what it represents, and how the community's beliefs beliefs have kept her down. While most of her actions in the witch trials center around hurting Elizabeth, Abigail also wants to hurt other persons in Salem. She is obsessed with power, and more specifically with having people do whatever she

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