Fear and Manipulation in Arthur Miller's The Crucible Essay

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Fear and Manipulation in Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Fear holds a great control over any mortal human-being through daunting and restricted words, most commonly seen while anyone is under pressure. While being controlled over fear, you may come to realize that you are being manipulated to the possibilities of a threatened punishment and may also be mislead by lies. Arthur Miller’s classic novel, The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, where a lot of times fear would be used to control anyone to blame another of witchcraft. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller elucidates this through Elizabeth Proctor, Abigail Williams, and Mary Warren, that fear holds a great torment on the truth. Elizabeth Proctor is used in The Crucible to
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Manipulation prevents the Proctor name from becoming a sham and helps Abigail look more honest and trustworthy. Arthur Miller’s theme of his novel is also elucidated through Mary Warren, during a conversation between her and John Proctor. Proctor asks Mary Warren to enlighten the court trial in the following day of Abigail Williams’ schemes and plots, in this case would be when Abigail takes note of a poppet that has a needle inside of the stomach area, similar to where Abigail was apparently with a needle and claimed that Elizabeth Proctor’s, John Proctor’s wife, soul had stabbed her. Even though John Proctor wants Mary to tell the court what she saw, it is not easy for her because on the contrary, Mary is afraid of the possibility of Abigail betraying her and starting false accusations about her as well. Mary Warren is very aware of Abigail’s schemes, but is very skeptical of revealing them to the court, as she fears a great deal of punishment would be received from Abigail and the other towns people (Miller 80). Mary has a chance to save an innocent Elizabeth Proctor, who has been taken away by the town’s justice system, but refuses to due to fear and since Abigail has posed many threats on Mary Warren to the point where she is scared for he life if she lets any of Abigail’s secrets out, she will refuse to mention anything in the court trial on

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