Fear Is The Path To The Dark Side

969 words - 4 pages

In the playwrite The Crucible, Arthur Miller shows how ordinary people can become diabolical by purging the truth and scapegoating innocent people. The citizens of Salem belong to a very strict religious group called the Puritans. The Puritans believed in a simple life and did not party, dance or celebrate. In the beginning of the story John Proctor, the main protagonist, has an affair with Abigail. Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor’s wife, eventually finds out and banishes Abigail, the main antagonist, from her house. Abigail fears that John Proctor will forget her as long as Elizabeth is still in his life. This fear drives her to ask Tituba, a Barbatos slave, to perform a ritual that would ...view middle of the document...

The Puritan society is taught using negative reinforcement. Instead of teaching that they will go to heaven and be happy if their righteous, the Puritans are told that God will punish them if they not righteous. This mentality causes the citizens of Salem to concentrate on not doing wrong, instead of trying to do right. This causes them to live in constant fear of falling into one of the Dark Side’s many sirens.
Soon Abigail gets what she wants and Elizabeth Proctor is convicted. In his outrage, Proctor makes a testament, signed by ninety-one people, that states that several of the accused are innocent. He continues and declares there is no witchcraft and that Abigail and the girls are lying. This simple petition is instantly seen as an attack and all people on the list are arrested. After Proctor admits he is scared for his comrades Parris remarks “All innocent and Christian people are happy for the courts in Salem!” (94) Puritans had full belief that God will tell them whether someone is innocent or not. So if a judge says something is true, then that means the God says it is true and everybody is supposed to undoubtedly believe it. This idea allowed a single girl’s fear, control a single judge, who put four hundred people in jail with eighty more sentenced to death. To them “Theology is a fortress; no crack in a fortress may be accounted small”(64) Hale is saying that the Theology of Salem is incredibly infectious and a single bad idea can corrupt their entire community; just as a single flaw can cause an entire building to collapse on it’s own weight. This idea increases the paranoia of the people and eventually leads to the death of Salem.
Many begin...

Find Another Essay On Fear is the Path to the Dark Side

The dark side of Australia Essay

639 words - 3 pages Silje Knutsvik Kalleberg 1STA St. Olav 24. April 2013The dark side of AustraliaAll around the world there are a lot of different people and cultures. By traveling to different places, we learn more about these cultures as well as we often become a more compassionate person. We see things through other perspectives and this makes it easier to understand the backgrounds for why people live and act in different ways. Sometime just reading a story

The Dark Side of Bullying Essay

708 words - 3 pages Good afternoon students, I am very honoured to be called upon today, to speak to you on a very emotional issue which is the dark side of bullying. This issue has become commonplace in modern society especially among you teenagers and therefor needs to be addressed.Bullying is a very emotional and prominent issue accross the world today. For many years now, this issue has been present and it seems as if, day by day, the fatal consquences bullying

The Dark side of Music

1294 words - 6 pages The Dark Side of Music: Music as a Tool of Torture Aigul Samb Kingsborough Community College   The Dark Side of Music: Music as a Tool of Torture Music is more fundamental to human life and to our identity as a species than most of us realize. It not only touches the heart, but also establishes the implicit humanity and sensitivity, which has separated man from animal. Music has the ability and power to influence human thoughts and

The Dark Side of Leaders

1496 words - 6 pages Leaders are often portrayed as heroes and champions, but there is also a darker side to being a leader. Adolph Hitler was one of the strongest leaders in the last 100 years, if not the strongest leader of all time. He was a man with the ability to lead a country, with a population of 20 million people, against the whole world in a vision the way he saw fit. He led Germany out of economic depression after previously being through World War I

The Dark Side of Advertising

2773 words - 11 pages lot of advertising are thus educated about a particular lifestyle and they are educated about living in a consumer society. In the book Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side Of The All American Meal, Schlosser discusses marketing strategies aimed at children an industry which exploded in the 1980s. Marketing to children has become an art aimed at urging children to persuade their guardians in specific ways as well as developing customers for life. This

The Dark Side of Adoption

1337 words - 6 pages and what that entails, as to them having been given up by their biological parents for whatever reason, the curiosity of a young child will develop such a deep, permanent idea of something is wrong with them. Ajmera also states that “They [the child] may wonder why they were put into adoption, and whether something was wrong with them when they were born to be undesired.” Again we can see that this mindset for a child can become very destructive to

The Dark Side of Chocolate

2365 words - 9 pages Chocolate. A treat that practically everyone enjoys and loves to taste. A product that brings in over 80 billion dollars a year. (BBC Chocolate: Bitter Truth) With that dollar amount to show, who doesn’t love chocolate? The reality, however, is that chocolate also has a different, darker side. The chocolate industry is causing children to work, not go to school, starve, and endure tremendous pain. “How is this happening without the chocolate

the dark side of football

1141 words - 5 pages “‘Athletics last for such a short period of time. It ends for people. But while it lasts, it creates this make-believe world where normal rules don’t apply. We build this false atmosphere. When it’s over and the harsh reality sets in, that’s the real joke we play on people’” (Bissinger xiv). “Friday Night Lights” shows the darker side of high school football. Players are taught to play games to win, and thats all that matters. Football players

The Dark Side of Man

1008 words - 5 pages William Golding demonstrates the gradual breakdown of all civilized rules and order and reverts the boy’s nature from civilized to a savagery. The boy’s actions reverted them to inferior state of living in which they became savages, but then again human nature is savage. It is shown throughout our history that we humans are savages on the inside and without order we would still be savages. And that’s why Golding demonstrates a perfect example on

The Dark Side of Suicide

918 words - 4 pages tell magnificent, and overwhelmingly false, stories about his business trips. He says that by just the sound of his name buyers come frantically running to him. In actuality, it is the complete opposite. Linda says it best when she declares: When he brought them business, when he was young, they were glad to see him. But now his old friends, the old buyers that loved him so and always found some order to hand him in a pinch—they’ all dead

The Dark Side of the Moon

1147 words - 5 pages The moon has two sides, the side that is ever illuminated by the sun, and the side we see, and then there is the dark side; forever cast into the shadows, never to see earth, nor be seen by earth. Similar to the moon, humans never merely have one side but are multifaceted. The character Salome has many different sides, and even more that the characters of the play see, though all the characters do see Salome in the moon. Herod originally only

Similar Essays

The Dark Path Ahead Essay

1690 words - 7 pages party. Fabulously dressed all the time and running everything in and around our fair city of Shadeport, she is always off in her own little world. I have had enough of all the plots, plans, and rules for my life. I am not my mother and do not enjoy all the parties and craziness that is associated with them. With this in mind, I have decided to run away. I will discover my path and have all the adventures I've been dreaming about for the last

The Dark Side Essay

716 words - 3 pages changed how trainers are able to interact with the whales. Now trainers are entertaining on stages with lights and fireworks, versus doing acrobats off the whales. The second part is the photographers attempt to draw in the reader, is the subtitle, “SHAMU and The DARK SIDE of KILLER WHALES IN CAPTIVITY.” The font is in all caps as if its screaming to the reader to look at the logos, or the logic of whales in captivity. The light blue font

The Dark Side Essay

1003 words - 5 pages the SeaWorld brand. After all this is a family, theme park and favored vacation destination for many. Some people do not want to see the darker side that this book represents, yet Grom’s twist of the logos inspires individuals to consider the proposal offered. Grom aims to acquire those people by introducing the friendly whale, casually swimming on the cover. The photographer attempts to draw in the reader, with the subtitle, “SHAMU and The DARK

The Dark Side Essay

792 words - 4 pages . Branden is considered to be the intellectual father of self-esteem and wrote countless books on the subject. According to Branden, in an interview done by Joe Polish on Genius Network Interviews, “One of the most common causes of business failure is the executive fear of making decisions.” (Branden 2013). It seems that Dr. Branden blames all problems and failures on low self-esteem, in one way or another. This movement is a method of nurturing and