The Final Judgement: Fear
Gone But Never Forgotten
Throughout the play, Abigail was lying to everyone in the community in order to save herself from the rope and because she was afraid to be hung. Not only did she lie to the officials, but she made all the other girls who went to the forest with her do the same thing; "Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam's dead sisters. And that is all. And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a point reckoning that will shudder you," (Miller 1034.) It wasn't until Proctor was told by Abigail about them lying that he decided to use it against her in court in order to get his wife, Elizabeth out of jail. But Danforth, the judge, never accepted the fact that she was lying and the lives of innocent people had been taken. Because there was fear going around with all Americans, including those with high official powers, the Patriot Act was passed by Congress and President Bush. It called for extra surveillance in airports, borders, and anyway that people from other nations were entering, or leaving the country. It was made directly after the attacks as an effort against terrorism. Because it was riding on the fear that was overtaking the nation, Jennifer Van Burgen says that it was in a way taking away checks and balances of citizens rights. Based on what Burgen and Miller say, it resembles the change in Reverend Hale's beliefs about Abigail. He had opened his eyes to see that Abigail was lying the whole time and tried to stop the hanging of innocent people but Danforth would turn his ideas down because they were already too into the hysteria; Danforth was afraid people would find out and go after him. This was happening with The Administration during Bush's presidency. Some Congress members were trying to voice out their ideas on the Patriot Act by repealing it or revising its terms. But it had been late for him to do anything (Mass Hysteria 9/11.)
Fear has caused people to be disrespectful to other nationalities or religions and do things that do not have logical reasoning behind it; fear drives fear
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