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Three Emotions To the European world the province of Salem Massachusetts was a barbaric frontier that was inhabited by a group of fanatics of godly situations The people of this province considered themselves holy and pure children of God opposed to the devils ever-present face in their lives The characters in The Crucible by Arthur Miller said that they acted out of their knowledge of the devils power regarding witchcraft They were guided in their decisions by fear frustration and violence Every individual who is accused of witchcraft expresses fear If one person is accused of witchcraft he must confess or die for denying the manifest truth The biggest fear expressed in this play was John Proctors anxiety for the life of his wife Elizabeth rather than fear for his own safety He told Abigail the harlot that accused Elizabeth of witchcraft when she accused his wife of witchcraft that if she did not free his wife the next day he was set and bound to ruin her reputation by telling of his act of lechery with her p151 His fear for his wifes life was out of love for her He knew that she was a good woman and would never have had any role in witchcraft The second emotion that guided the decisions made by characters was frustration Many of the characters deceived themselves and others throughout the play by portraying themselves as witches when they really were not The way that they went from telling the truth to lying and telling the truth again just confused the Puritan community John Proctor was still out to save his wife and told her accuser that he had rocky proof in documents that she knew that poppet was not his wifes and the she bade Mary warren stab that needle into it p151 All he wanted was Elizabeths innocence and he was willing to go to any measure to achieve it even if
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