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In the Crucible the mayhem of the witch trials sets mass hysteria into motion in the town of Salem Similar to in society today the people of Salem fell into the traps of fear and clouded judgment As small fears fester in the minds of their victims they begin to grow into mass hysteria which causes detrimental effects on society People change the way they live their lives because of their fears For example in a 2000 newspaper article about gun control a citizen of Colorado reported They were suddenly pulled out of school to be homeschooled A significant number of families began homeschooling as a direct result of that tragedyAnne p3 In the aftermath of the Columbine tragedy people began making life altering changes because they were afraid The schools that they had once trusted to be safe they now saw as a liability and a danger to their child Terrified parents began changing the path of their young childrens futures out of dread that this type of massacre could happen again In a recent interview a native New Yorker stated We are seeing more and more that commuters change their entire route just to avoid the sub stations because they heard about the stabbingsHaber p3 Once more we see that a persons every move is dictated by their fears Although the majority of citizens have never been threatened there is always the fear in the back of a persons mind that says they could be next Now this meager fear has become enough to change the course of a persons entire day and consequently their life Lastly in the Crucible the fear of being prosecuted and hanged gets the better of Abigail as she confesses I want to open myself I danced for the Devil I wrote in his book I go back to JesusI saw Sarah Good with the Devilpg 49 As the realization sets in that she will
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