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The Yellow Bird Spirit One of the most vibrant deep and sagacious screenplays of the 21st century is Arthur Millers The Crucible Miller brilliantly comments on human morals authority and mass hysteria He parallels the events of Salem in 1600s to the blacklisting and the discrimination against those who were labeled as a communist in America during the 1950s He proficiently shows how mass hysteria could sweep an entire community like a tsunami and erase all logical thought and rationality Especially in the yellow bird scene during Act III he portrays how mass hysteria is achieved and the effects of such panic Miller uses the dialogue the stage directions and the atmosphere setting and time period of the scene to acquire the desired mindless panic Through his play he manages to show how jealousy frustration and vulgar vengeance can transform a sound and tranquil town into own that is predominated by hysteria Miller uses the characters dialogue to help to create the hysterical mood On page 224 Abigail initially introduced the supposed yellow bird spirit of Mary by saying Why do you come yellow bird Her ongoing conversation with the yellow bird quickly escalates out of control with the girls chiming in eagerly Miller uses both Abigail and the group of girls to mock Mary In an extended passage on page 224 it is evident the effect of this mimic Mary Warren Abby you mustnt Abigail and All the Girls Abby you mustnt Mary Warren Im here Im here Girls Im here Im here Mary Warren Mr Danforth Girls Mr Danforth Mary Warren Theyre sporting They- Girls Theyre sporting Mary Warren Stop it Girls Stop it Mary begins to get hysterical by the girls imitation of her While it is obvious to the outside reader that the girls are only pretending it truly affects the person that they are pretending to be By only repeating exactly what Mary is saying the girls affect her rational
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