By the late 's, Siegel had set up his "business" on the West Coast of the USA and became a high roller amongst the Hollywood gliterati of the time. His all-night parties became legendary.
The sole reason humans continue to progress and invent is due to the fear of the unknown. Humans have feared the unknown since the beginning of time.
Therefore, it is logical that knowledge creates security.
In scientifically ignorant societies such as puritan Salem infear runs rampant when dozens of innocent people are accused of witchcraft and some hanged. When fear becomes widespread and delusional as it has in Salem, it is not fear anymore; it is mass hysteria, a collective anxiety.
In a climate of mass hysteria, fear can be more than fear: Thomas Putnam is a perfect example of taking advantage of fear for personal enrichment. Putnam was a wealthy land owner who sought to add to his wealth by accusing others of witchcraft and buying their land.
The convicted are usually forced to sell their land at second-rate prices. According to Giles, Putnam was overheard telling his daughter Ruth that she had gotten him a lot of land by accusing people of witchcraft that morning.
This is not a random groundless accusation. Giles attained this information from an anonymous source that he refused to name because the source would have been imprisoned.
Thomas Putnam is reaching out for land! Later in Act 3, Giles approaches Judge Danforth with his accusation: What proof do you submit for your charge, sir? My proof is there! Pointing to the paper.
And there is none but Putnam with the coin to buy so great a piece. This man is killing his neighbors for their land! But proof, sir, proof. GILESpointing at his deposition: The proof is there!
I have it from an honest man who heard Putnam say it! Giles claims to have a trustworthy witness who overheard a conversation between Putnam and his daughter. Putnam portrays the use hysteria as a tool for personal gain because he uses it to gain land.
Fear clouds judgment, which is why Danforth was unable to identify Putnam as a bargain hunter. Danforth already assumed that all the people being accused of witchcraft were guilty because of the scale at which the accusations happened.
Fear can also be used as a bludgeon to gain a political advantage. Judge Danforth does this by refusing to change his judgment that all of the accused were guilty of witchcraft.
Danforth is the head judge in the court, a strict interpreter of the law.
At the beginning of the play, he believes the girls tell the truth about the witches because in his eyes, the young girls could not be lying about such a remarkable event.
He viewed the girls as victims. However, when Hale confronts Danforth about the unlikeliness of all the accused being involved in witchcraft, Danforth changes his point of view. He no longer genuinely sees the girls as victims, but wants to protect his reputation by continuing to prosecute the wrongly accused.
Them that will not confess will hang. Twelve are already executed … the village expects to see them [seven people who were named] die this morning … reprieve or pardon must cast doubt upon the guilt of them that died till now.
For him, either the trial could either advance his career due to his success or it could ruin his reputation due to his unjust judgments. Reverend Samuel Parris also does this by scapegoating anyone who challenges his authority.
As a reverend, Parris has political influence and power in Salem as a result of theocracy, despite many people disliking him.
People view him as greedy because he convinced the church to pay for golden candlesticks holders, an unnecessary commodity. Throughout the play, however, Parris tries to cover up his greed by pushing his ulterior motive on Danforth. Excellency, you surely cannot think to let so vile a lie be spread in open court!Mar 31, · The options are George Orwell's , The BBC's Yes Minister, Franz Kafka's The Trial, Steven Speilberg's Minority Report, Arthur Miller's The Crucible, and Peter Farrelly's Dumb & Dumber.
They're hilarious over there at The Greens. The Umlands simply show the sources through which the Arthurian legend was transferred to a film, more often through Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Tennyson's Idylls of the King, or White's The Once and Future King than through Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, Chretien de Troyes's Le Conte del Graal, or Wolfram von Eschenbach's.
In The Crucible, Arthur Miller provides a chilling chronicle of the progression of hysteria. He opens with a synopsis of the cultural context of the oppressive Puritan society of Salem. Arthur Miller demonstrates the versatility of fear in The Crucible.
Collective fear is mass hysteria, a type of fear that usually causes mass delusion. Clouded judgment is what allowed the characters in Arthur Miller’s play to get away with so many injustices.
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