The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a great piece that exposes the character of society, the ideals that humans have and aren’t inclined to share with others. It additionally elaborates how contradictory the society is most times. It shows how feelings are carried in the society and the way the general public may be judgmental on problems that they discover past contemplation. The play is basically about a witch-hunt. Abigail Williams, a ringleader, headed to the forest with her buddies are caught dancing. Betty faints immediately when she noticed that they have been seen. However, an allegation of witchcraft comes up and it turns into a blame recreation that threatens to divide the society. Uncle, we did dance; let you tell them I confessed it. However, they are speaking of witchcraft; Betty’s not witched (Miller 1) also, the course of events reveals other matters like land disputes that had not been mentioned before the occurrence. This is an important piece of the 21st century.
The crucible echoes the same elements of society in Nick Allen’s article “A dozen killed in Haiti cholera witch-hunt.” In 2010, Haiti was hit by cholera, a disease that relates to poor hygiene and living conditions. The condition and rumors claimed several lives broke out that it was a result of witchcraft. Over 1,900 people died of cholera, and another estimated 84,000 had been infected. However, the case was not being addressed appropriated. Rumors spread that a group of witches was using some powder to spread the disease and they were being maimed to death. The Southwestern region of Haiti was being swept with rumors that voodoo followers were deliberately spreading the infection.
The mystical suspicions that result from social disorder
In the Crucible, immediately after Betty, Reverend Parris daughter, falls in a coma, she is taken home. At home, they called for Reverend Hale, an expert on witchcraft. The people believe that the Betty has been bewitched and they all assemble in Parris’ home. They believe that the girls did more than just dance in the forest. The crowd and Reverend Hale try to convince Abigail to admit to witchcraft, but she stays adamant. No one was naked; you mistake yourself uncle (Miller 2). She notifies the other girls not to say anything beyond “dancing.” When Betty wakes up, the crowd rushes upstairs while they are discussing the suspicion of witchcraft.
Soon, an argument ensues between Parris, Proctor, Giles, and Thomas ensues. They suspect that some of them have taken the other land. They suspicion the case worse, and people now have two issues to handle.
The elements of hysteria and runaway emotions are depicted in the case of Haiti and cholera cases. When many people die and much more being infected, there is suspicion everywhere. Because of the deeply entrenched belief in witchcraft and voodoo practices, dozens of people are killed and may more hunt down. The suspects are maimed, and their bodies burnt in the streets. It depicts social disorder and a high degree of suspicion. Following the recent killings, the government in Port-au-Prince has issued a statement trying to calm the situation (Allen). The confusion and suspicion over the outbreak led to the prompted attacks on the existing health centers.
The paradoxical relationship between repression and individual freedom
There is a paradoxical relationship between repression and freedom the past and current society. In The Crucible, it is a free society where everyone is running his or her activities. They have the freedom of speech, the freedom of movement and freedom of worship. The case is similar to the current Haiti state. They enjoy all the constitutional freedoms of freedom, speech, movement, association and worship. It is clear to everyone that they are a free people and they have to choose what they want to do at any particular time.
When Betty collapses, and the girls are called in for questioning, the community leaders and reverends are showing a different perspective of a free society. They accuse Abigail of worshipping the devil and engaging in acts that are contrary to what they do. The whole community’s behavior is a paradox to what the natural law stipulates. They arise in anger on hearing of the news of witchcraft, and they are ready to deal with the perpetrators. The act of denying people the freedom of worship is an outright paradox. A wide opinion is running in the parish that the devil may be among us, and I would satisfy them that they are wrong (Miller 6).
The case of Haiti is not different. It is a liberal country where the constitution guarantees all freedoms. More importantly, the freedom of association and worship is entrenched in the law. However, the article explains how jittery and agitated people become when they hear that some people engage in voodoo practice. When a cholera outbreak hits the country, a good number of people are easily convinced that it is a result of witchcraft. They are swayed to believe that a certain powder spread by the witches is the main cause and the result is the killings of people purported to practice witchcraft. It is paradoxical that a country that allows people to worship whomever they feel like could go ahead and burn bodies in the streets of the people suspected of being witches. Voodoo and sorcery are deeply rooted in the Haiti culture, and their priests are very influential in rural areas (Allen). It is also an indication of a country that believes in the power of voodoo, but they are killing others because they are suspected of using it in the wrong way.
The psychological and social opportunity hysteria presents for resolution of private desires
Private desires are the things that affect an individual. However, what affects you may, in the same level, affect others because of you. The people that are close to you are affected by the things that affect you and it will give them the motivating to solve these challenges with you.
In The Crucible, the challenges affecting Abigail for being promiscuous and Betty for her fainting, are taken as social challenges. Emotions are high, and people are ready to pounce on anyone that is involved in her fainting or alleged witchcraft. The society can vent at the perpetrators of the vice and accuse the girls of making their private desires to “dance with the devil” into a societal idea. The population thinks that many more girls might be recruited into the vice and they are against it. In a conversation between Hale, Proctor, and Elizabeth, they discuss the role of Parris and Proctor is against it. Elizabeth also accuses Hale of insinuating that her acts are devilish. Mister Hale, are you are suspecting me of something (Miller 25).
Similarly, the case is the Haiti; the outbreak of cholera has presented the public with an opportunity to vent anger and frustration of the desire of a few people. Those practicing witchcraft have been burnt to death because their personal desires have crossed the interest of the society. The confusion over the outbreak, the first in many years, has caused attacks on treatment areas. There is social hysteria and people are busy looking for those to make revenge on for those killed by cholera.
Allen, Nick. “A dozen killed in Haiti cholera witch-hunt.” The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, 03 Dec. 2010. Web. 12 May 2017.
Miller, Arthur. The crucible: a play in four acts. New York: Penguin , 1992. Print.