In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the perception of witchcraft held poisonous implications as accusations increase to devour the entire village. Since the Salem witch tests started, they seriously influenced individuals and town of Salem. Folks of Salem were accused to be a witch on poor research. Such accusations of being a witch sacrificed many human being lives. Despite the fact that the people of Salem became aware that they were murdering the innocent, it generally does not make up for their deaths. The Puritan community of Salem became gripped with mass hysteria over activities that they believed to be witchcraft. It began with a solid belief system towards God but ended with by using an irrational word. The death of the many їЅwitchesїЅ can't be justified by the mere undeniable fact that them being їЅwitchesїЅ was an indicator from god. The main one societal problem that resulted in the Salem witch trials was perjury. This society-wide problem within the city of Salem is accessible solely because of human being failings such as hoping high reputation, jealousy and hysteria.
In theocratic Salem, reputation is extremely important, where both communal and personal matters are seen as you. Reputation plays such an important role that nothing at all can stand in the form of maintaining it. In The Crucible, Deputy Governor Danforth, has a commanding presence and absolute self-assurance that provoke others to comply willingly with his authority. He is relentlessly driven to preserve the specialist of the courtroom even at the trouble of truth and fairness, which really is a form of perjury. He's supportive of whatever does not disorder or overlook the judge. Mary Warren is timid and easily manipulated because of her desire to have approval with the other young ladies. She lacks the subconscious and emotional durability in facing difficulty and also lacks in a way of personal information to stand-alone against a public. This is shown їЅwhen, finding him coming on her behalf, she rushes out of his reach, screaming in horror. їЅ (Miller 118). Mary Warren wished to not in favor of Abigail and inform the truth but when she recognizes that she was exclusively against a group, she didn't know from wrong and just wanted to have a public status similar to the other girls. Looking social status and a good reputation has led human into the wraths of perjury. To stay where they are in conditions of social position, humans are willing to rest in and out of courtroom.
Jealousy causes visitors to act in abnormal ways, it causes people to tolerate grudges and have strong hatred against others. Jealousy is caused by a certain insecurity that a person has. This insecurity originates from a desire, a desire of something that they can not get. For what can't be obtained must be obliterated. Jealousy has performed a huge role in the deaths of Salem. The Salem Witch Trials brought opportunities to cause abuse on others, promise other's land, and settle old grudges. The witch trials revealed the true characteristics of the world in Salem. The primary antagonist of the storyline Abigail Williams, after having an affair with a wedded man їЅ John Proctor and needs to pursue her marriage with him. But him being married caused her to hold a strong grudge against his better half, Elizabeth Proctor. Which commences a long chain of lays and accusations so that they can get her fan back again. AbigailїЅs jealousy of Elizabeth drives her to confirm that Elizabeth is a witch when Cheever says
The woman, the Williams girl, Abigail Williams, sir. She sat to supper in Reverend ParrisїЅs house tonight, and without expression nor warninїЅ she falls to the floor. Like a struck beast, he says, and screamed a scream a bull would weep to hear. And he goes to save her, and, stuck two inches in the flesh of her belly, he draw a needle out. And demandinїЅ of her how she become so stabbed, she-to Proctor nowїЅ-testify it were your better halfїЅs familiar nature forced it in. (Miller 74).
This work that Abigail performed exhibited her sense of jealousy towards Elizabeth and exactly how far she'd go to get Elizabeth out of the picture and proctor all to herself. To take action, she would have to commit perjury and lay to the court. However, her cunning and manipulative personality allows her to escape with her in considerate is placed. With the court docket believing everything that isnїЅt true, the table is switched and the just, is now looked upon as the unjust. The Putnams were a little family, whose seven out of eight children did not endure childbirth. Both Mrs. Putnam and Mr. Putnam were jealous of the thing they wanted but couldn't have. Mrs. Putnam treasured her only living baby, and blamed the fatality of her others on witchcraft when she says їЅ I begged him never to call Osburn because I feared her. My babies always shriveled in her hands!їЅ (Miller 47). Mrs. Putnam has always needed more children and was jealous of folks with large young families, so she recklessly blamed anyone she could. Mental weakness is really as much to blame for these deaths up to jealousy and manipulation. The sense of jealousy brings the most detrimental out of men and women and makes them do anything including committing perjury with regard to their own benefit.
A crucial theme in the play is hysteria. Hysteria triggers one to be violent and agitated which, offers uncontrollable fear. The town of Salem accepted the idea of hysteria, since it gave them an opportunity to blame others on the grudges they held in life. The most obvious, Abigail started out the hysteria in the play by accusing Tituba of witchcraft. And Tituba admitted to her compacting with the Devil when she says їЅ No, no, donїЅt hang Tituba! I tell him I donїЅt desire to improve him, sir. їЅ By admitting to the unreal, it influenced others into believing it. Since Tituba needs only her own life, she fabricates a lie, which snowballs into a great hysteria. When all girls start to believe in witchcraft, they continue to lay and deceive the courtroom. Abigail has influenced girls to be manipulative and to be able to deceive people; she was an un-honorable innovator. When Abigail started accusing people, the other young girls had to follow her. "I am going to come to you in the black of some dreadful night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. . . . I can make you wish you'd never seen the sun decrease!" She triggered intense dilemma, which soon lead to Salem to be corrupt. She used hysteria to deceive the thing she wished, Elizabeth on trial. The only thing that could keep Abigail content was John Proctor's love; she was ready do whatever needs doing to obtain it. The actual fact that she seized the ability while Salem was corrupted with hysteria; Elizabeth was then placed into jail. The fear of hysteria has thrived throughout the reserve; it allowed many people to reap the benefits of it. The accused were punished, and the accusers were safe. Hysteria has led the folks of Salem to believe the unlikely. It shows a remarkable irony as, instead of convicting those who commit perjury, the court supports them as a result of heavy influence of hysteria.
Perjury has inspired the Salem culture to failure and has brought on many to believe in false actions; several examples has turned out that Salem was indeed, corrupted. The Salem witch trial has influenced others to be as decisive as them. The ignorance and superstition of hysteria triggered many innocent lives to be sacrificed. Lays and deception has brought on the courts of Salem to be unreliable. Humans could be the most clever but we also bring upon our own downfalls. Due to human failings such as looking high reputation, jealousy and hysteria, perjury within the small puritan community of Salem subsists.