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Paranoia Essay

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Fear, panic, paranoia, and mass hysteria can take over people and start to rule their lives. These things can make people start acting irrationally and do crazy things. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller shows what fear and panic can do to a person. In Salem, fear and paranoia shows how strong the peoples beliefs are, so when Abigail and the girls start accusing people of being witches, everyone panicked and believed them. The people of Salem and the court learned that Abigail and the girls were pretending but they had fear of what could happen if they told the people after they already killed so many innocent people. Even today, fear and paranoia can affect what people do and what they think. Terrorism can cause fear and make people start doing some irrational things. Fear, panic, paranoia, and mass hysteria have the power to destroy a community and people’s lives.
The people of Salem believe so strongly in God. Their belief of God is so strong that they fear the Devil and believe that he can make people turn away from God. One person believed that the Devil was in Salem and that there were people working for him. When this news gets out, everyone panics. Fear was everywhere and people started acting irrationally. People would start accusing others of being witches and working for the Devil. Even though fear took over how everyone was acting, Elizabeth Proctor says that she doesn’t believe in witches when she says, “I cannot think the Devil may own a woman’s soul. Mr. Hale, when she keeps an upright way, as I have.” Elizabeth does not fear the Devil because she does not believe he can make someone turn away from God.
When the witch trials in Salem continue to grow, the ones who are accused are taken to court and questioned. The court is believing what Abigail and the other girls who started the accusations are saying until proof is brought to the court that shows that they are faking the whole thing. Danforth and the...

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