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Betrayal hysteria intolerance and death are all themes portrayed through out the movie adaptation of The Crucible Converted from a play to movie by director Nicholas Hytner and released in 1997 The Crucible has continued to interest teenagers due to its witchcraft content and its setting in Salem Through out the production of this movie as mentioned in the opening statement Betrayal hysteria intolerance persecution repression and death are major themes in the movie Hysteria is evident and communicated almost entirely through the movie Friends turning against each other family against family neighbor against neighbor all because they are swept up in the hysteria of witchcraft And a group of girls led by ABIGAIL WILLIAMS starts all this hysteria by dancing in the woods The reason that these girls are out dancing is because they are being repressed In the time that this film is set women had little if any rights They were always told what to do and how to do it never giving them a chance to be themselves That is why they went dancing in the woods To liberate themselves even if it is to be for a short time While they are out dancing ABIGAIL WILLIAMSs uncle SAMUEL PARRIS spots them Because of their attempts to express themselves they are prosecuted as witches when PARRISs daughter BETTY falls ill Days later THOMAS and ANN PUTNAMs daughter RUTH also falls ill They connect the dancing in the woods with being witchcraft and witchcraft with being the cause of the childrens sickness So now all of the girls involved are now being charged with witchcraft They all repent and swear that they have god in their hearts So to take the heat off of themselves they start spouting that others in the community are harboring the devil This once again leads to even more hysteria and prosecution Betrayal is also communicated often at this part of the film Between
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