Beliefs and Blame Essay

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Witch hunts have been around for a long period of time, and we as a society are still ignoring them as such. A witch hunt can be defined as an actual persecution of people especially woman suspected of doing witch craft. Salem was a normal town before an epidemic of ‘’She is a witch’’ in 1692. When there are some thing our own selves cannot explain because one does not know what they are and we fear them. Naturally as humans we tend to belief or convince oneself that those things are not good. Then we need to attribute those ‘bad things’ to people but what is done instead is blame others. Either of two things happen once people are blamed; the first group of people blame others to get themselves out of trouble as it was mainly done in ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller, while the second group of people choose to live with the blame while trying to break free from it and the, like in modern day Gay Hunt
As it can be seen witch hunts start with fear. Fear of the unknown is probably the biggest fear people have. This kind of fear starts every witch hunt as people decide to pre-judge those thing they do not know to stereotype them as bad things. Another kind of fear that appears in real life and in ‘The Crucible’ is the fear of danger. In the case of ‘The Crucible’, fear of being in danger started everything. In the case of modern which hunts this kind of fear plays a vital role. Gay people hunts began with the myth and lies that being gay was a mental illness and many more, which of course are big lies. In ‘The Crucible’ fear of being in danger is manifested when Abigail and the rest of the girls after being caught dancing in the forest decided to accuse people instead of taking the responsibility themselves. ‟ I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!’’, ‟ I saw George Jacobs with the Devil! I saw Goody Howe with the Devil!’’ (Miller, act I, p. 48). While many people know that being gay is not a mental illness, others that are afraid of not knowing what being gay is, choose to believe is true and spread the lies around. Fear itself transform people, but fear of the unknown makes people hold thigh to those things that are clear to them, which most of the time also involves the things that they can see from far away. Then as I mentioned earlier they hold on to the belief they created around a lack of evidence. The fear of being in danger has only one outcome: the displacement of guilt. In the quotes mentioned before it can be seen how the girls accused others for things that they did because it was a sin to be related with the devil. And the fact that they did that was the beginning point for the whole Salem witch hunts/trials and also for the story. If they would have not been afraid probably they would have done what was right.
Additionally it can be seen how people take fear in and they transform it into beliefs and convictions. Beliefs and convictions are two different things, a...

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