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Arthur Millers The Crucible is a play that discusses many issues and spurs contemplation within the reader While reading this play because of the controversy of many issues detailed within it is difficult for one not to take a look at ones own morals and determine what one would do if placed in a similar situation The key issues discussed within this play the effects of hysteria marital betrayal and the murderous powers of lies are portrayed intriguingly and effectively The lessons that can be learned from The Crucible are still quite applicable today Hysteria is an uncontrolled fear complemented with excessive emotion that leads to poor decisions and actions done with complete lack of forethought The hysteria that existed in the town of Salem was largely caused by the peoples extreme devotion to religion as well as their refusal to delve into other possibilities to explain the predicament of the time These circumstances still exist today and it is quite possible as well as frightening that a similar event could recur today One would like to think that one would never lose control of their opinions and thought but hysteria is a powerful force and can bring even the most intellectual of people to lose sense of what is occurring More modern examples of hysteria such as the McCarthy trials and the ostracizing of people infected with AIDS show that learning to properly evaluate a situation for its reasonability and integrity prove to still be a valuable lesson for today Martial betrayal forms a central basis for the relations between the main characters of Abigail John Proctor and Elizabeth Proctor John betrayed his wife by cheating with Abigail and throughout the course of the play he attempts to redeem himself This brings up an interesting topic of whether cheating can ever be justified Elizabeth feels partially responsible because she was cold to him and she believes that it was her coldness that led her
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