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Hysteria in a Godly Town The term innocent until proven guilty is synonymous with the justice system The saying also applies to people while among their peers In the sleepy little town of Salem Massachusetts however it turns out to be quite the opposite When lies and rumors run rampant through their community the townspeople destroy each others lives Why does this happen Simply because the beliefs of a society are led astray In Salem people forget about morals and respect for life and head toward tragedy In his play The Crucible Arthur Miller displays how feelings such as revenge greed and jealousy can distort the views of a small population One of the contributive factors towards the downfall of Salem is revenge Elizabeths need to be vengeful towards Abigail sprouts from the affair Abigail and Elizabeths husband John Proctor When the topic of Abigail is comes up Elizabeth remarks that she should be ripped from the earth Miller 76 She goes further by telling John Proctor to go and tell her shes a whore 62 Never acting upon her rage Elizabeth only dismisses Abigail from her house Abigail on the other hand wants Elizabeth Proctor to die Abigail desires to do away with Elizabeth so that she can have her husband John Proctor Hysterically Betty Proctor screams that Abigail drank a charm to kill John Proctors wife 19 After hushing Betty Abigail follows by accusing Elizabeth of witchcraft Elizabeth is taken to jail when Abigail is found with a needle stuck in her stomach and testifies that it were Elizabeths familiar spirit that pushed it in 74 This is of no avail to Abigail though because John Proctor is put in jail trying to save his wife Next the influence of rapacity and how it affects the ruin of Salem Thomas Putnam a prominent man in Salem is so insatiable for land that he prompted his daughter to cry witchery 96
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