Conflict, Fear, Individuals and Community in "The Crucible"Conflict generated by fear can have long lasting implications for the individual and the community.Discuss: with relation to the...
Conflict generated by fear can have long lasting implications for the individual and the community.
Discuss: with relation to the crucible
The long lasting implications of the Salem Witchcraft trial are only implied at the end the play because the final scene involves the death of John Proctor and Rebecca Nurse, two innocent victims of the trials. However, if we look at history, we can see some of the long lasting implications on both individuals and the community of Salem. Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of "The Scarlet Letter", added a "w" to his name because so embarrassed he was related to Judge Hathorne who is mentioned in the play and was one of the judges at the witchcraft trials. Hawthorne's work often refers witches or suspected ones or centers on secret sin. So, approximately two hundred years after the trials, one of the descendants of the trials was still affected. As for Salem, it changed its name ironically to Danforth and was known by that name until recently when town leaders realized they could make tourist money if they changed the town's name back to Salem. Years after the trials, the government of Massachusetts also voted to pay reparations to the families of the victims of the trials. So the fear generated by both the accusations and the trials themselves have had long lasting consequences.