Fear fuels wrongful accusations!
How many more will be wrongfully convicted?
What are the leading causes of wrongful convictions?
The Central Park Case
Five wrongfully convicted
The Crucible develops this theme because there is panic everywhere and people start to want justice and hunt the "witches" down to keep the town safe. "What'll we do? The village is out! I just came back from the farm; the whole country's talkin' witchcraft! They'll be callin' us witches Abby! Abby we've got to tell." (Miller 1034). Mary Warren says this to Abigail because she is starting to panic and so is the rest of he village. This shows how fear has spread and people are going to start to panic. Some of the people also look for different reasons for their problems. "If so he is, then let us go to God for the cause of it. There is prodigious danger in the seeking of loose spirits, I fear it, I fear it. Let us rather blame ourselves and -" (Miller 1039). Rebecca Nurse says this because she thinks that it isn't witchcraft but the others are too caught up in fear to see the truth. She says that she fears it, the sense of fear is being spread like wildfire and soon the whole town will be run by fear. There is also the use of spectral evidence which is not evidence at all but the court still uses it in the play to convict people of being witches. In this play the girls start to falsely accuse people of witchcraft out of fear. "She sends her spirit on me in church; she makes me laugh at prayer!" (Miller 1045). Abigail says this so it would take the blame off of herself and she pinned it on an innocent person. It shows the lengths of what a scared person would go to, to save themselves.
Parallels between The Central Park case and The Crucible
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