In life emotions can be so dominant that they control people’s lives particularly feelings of fear

In life emotions can be so dominant that they control people’s lives particularly feelings of fear, guilt, and revenge. In the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller this theme is very evident with many of the characters and their relationships with each other. Their emotions impacted their actions which then impacted others and through their actions we are able to see who they are.
Fear is an emotion that can cause people to do things that they normally wouldn’t. Like actions of cowardice and dishonesty. Mary Warren is a prime example of this. She allowed Abigail to frighten her so much that she turned on John Proctor and accuse him of witch craft. She was to scared of what Abigail could do to her that she acted with cowardice and dishonesty. Her action eventually lead to both John and Elizabeth Proctor to be accused. Reverend Parris also displayed fear, but a different side of fear. He used it to influence others. Such as when he urged the judges to condemn those who were accused. As well as when he urged the accused to confess. He believed that this would aid him in appearing as a good and moral minister in the town. If he lost the support of the town he could be removed as minister and possibly be accused. This he was fearful of. Both Mary Warren and Parris threw their neighbors that they grew up with into the fire because they weren’t able to control their fear.
Guilt can cause a good person to do the right thing when they normally wouldn’t. John Proctor wanted to save his life by confessing to witchcraft. However, by doing so he would have to accuse or confirm somebody else had done witchcraft. He knew that the guilt would way him down so much that he wouldn’t be able to live with himself. Because of guilt he decided to make the hard decision and not confess to avoid the overpowering feeling by condemning the others. Reverend Hale had feelings of guilt when he condemned the accused witches to death. These feelings caused him to both quit the court and go back to Salem to try to save those he could. He was an advocate for Proctor and Rebecca Nurse fighting for their lives. While guilt can cause positive effects, revenge produces debilitating effects.
Revenge was seen often throughout The Crucible. Abigail was usually the center of the revenge work. She caused a witch scare, accused those who she disliked or felt mistreated her and murdered them through the court system using her friends and the power of guilt to persuade the officials to find them guilty. Such as John Proctor whom rejected her advances and sided with his wife. She attacked both of them, accusing Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch and John of lechery. Thomas Putnam also attacked those who denied him, murdering his neighbors for land and prideful reasons. He used his influence to enact revenge on those he disliked. Both Abigail and Thomas used the witch trials as a tool for power and revenge.
These feelings of fear, guilt and revenge can compelle people to do something they normally wouldn’t. It is the choices that we make that dictates our future. Though emotions can run high and cloud our judgement it is our decision whether we let them cloud our judgement or push us over the edge. However once the decision is made and the action has been taken your character is revealed for all to see.

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