War Explored in The Crucible by Arthur Miller, “The Minister’s Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, and Leap to Freedom by Kasenkina
“Now every road and highway…was littered with the corpses of human beings and animals…the wounded were left to die. Children ran frantically, shrieking for their mothers…there was no food, water, soap, or medical supplies. Like polluted waters became carriers of disease (Kasenkina 93).” This is a typical scene of war demonstrated in literary works. In literature war is a very common, yet important subject and it is generally demonstrated in plays, short stories, and novels. Some of the pieces of literature in where war is shown include: The Crucible by Arthur Miller, “The Minister’s Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, and Leap to Freedom by Kasenkina. In these pieces of literature war is shown as a horrid event that always has both physically and psychologically bad outcomes. In many literary works including the ones mentioned above the good outcomes in war are misrepresented and suppressed by the bad outcomes in war.
To Begin, In The Crucible by Arthur Miller there was a war within neighbors. This literary work highly demonstrated both the physically and psychologically harsh outcomes while the good outcomes were subdued. “…Think on it now, it’s a deep thing, and dark as a pit (Kinsella 1251). In this statement Giles was talking about how people are not getting along and are accusing each other of witchcraft. This is an introduction to the harsh physical outcome because people are tortured till they confess of being involved in witchcraft even if they aren’t. Then, if they are “proven” to be witches but, they don’t confess they are either hanged or pressed down by giant rocks. The statement Giles said also introduces us to the harsh psychological outcome because people who are accused of being witches are faced with the trouble of either breaking all their principles and faith; in order, to survive or sticking to their principles and faith and dying in a painful way. The good outcomes that were overshadowed by the horrible outcomes were that in The Crucible the people in the village realized that the government was corrupt, that having a government based on the bible was not a good idea, and that people tend to have a cruel nature to want more power and that they’ll do anything filthy and evil to get it. Other physical and psychological good and bad outcomes; as well, are demonstrated in “The Minister’s Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
After that, In “The Minister’s Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne there was a war within the character’s self. In this literary work only the psychologically bad outcome was demonstrated while the psychologically good outcome was hidden from view. When the minister is about to die he is angered because people feared him for only wearing the black veil. He tells them, “Tremble at each...