The play's numerous characters and relationships provide a plethora of examples where the themes are employed.
It is through their actions that their emotions and motives are revealed, aiding us in understanding the measures they've taken.
Both Mary Warren and Parris threw others in the line of fire when they had the opportunity to help, proving the negative effects fear can have on people's judgment.
Guilt can pressure a good person to do the right thing, showing the potentially positive effects of an essentially negative sentiment.
In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, there are many different reasons why the people feel afraid.
Let's look at ways that fear drives bad behavior in this play.
The fear of children being exposed to messages of suicide, drugs, sex, and Satanism led to record burning, protests, and law suits, despite the fact that subliminal messages have never been proven effective.
This is just one example of how fear can create an unreasonable panic that drives people to think and act in ways that are not logical.
When Reverend Parris caught them, Betty and Ruth fainted. She scolds, 'I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I come near! It's she put me out, you cannot pretend it were you.
In Salem during that time, had they been caught in what they were doing, they each would have been hanged or whipped, but because of her fear of punishment, Abigail forced the other girls to put the blame on Tituba and hide the rest. I saw your face when she put me out, and you loved me then and you do now!