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Hysteria Many occasions of mass chaos and ultimate breakdown of society directly result from hysteria Hysteria means total loss of control of what seems rational and righteous If a community falls into such a state the results can be devastating The Puritan society possesses the perfect conditions for such an event In Arthur Millers play The Crucible hysteria plays a key role as the main theme It portrays as the main theme because it often becomes the atmosphere of the play and the main motivator of the characters actions First hysteria seems to take on as the atmosphere of the play not to mention that the whole play portrays a hysterical mood In all four acts of the play hysteria in some way comes out In act one hysteria prevails towards the end of the play when Mrs Putnam and the others prosecute Tituba At the beginning of the prosecution Tituba swears she has never seen nor been in contact with the devil As they beat her and tell her if she does not confess then she will be hanged she suddenly changes her mind and in a hysterical burst shouts And then he come one stormy night to me and say Look I have white people belong to me And I look and there was Goody GoodAye sir and Goody Osbornep44 Then more hysteria takes over the scene as Abigail stands and says I want to open myself I want the light of God I want the sweet love of Jesus I danced for the Devil I saw him I wrote in his book I go back to Jesus I kiss his hand I saw Sarah Good with the Devil I saw Goody Osborne with the
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