American Literature / Period 2
2 May 2018
“F.E.A.R. has two meanings: Forget Everything And Run; Face Everything And Rise.” –Anonymous. Fears restrict our ability to move on in life and inhibit us from achieving our goals to the fullest extent of our wishes.
Fear forces us to do things in which we normally may never consider doing, especially if we believe we are acting in self-preservation. When Reverend Hale attacks Tituba demanding she confess her sins, Tituba cries out tearfully, “… he come one stormy night to me, and he say, “Look! I have white people belong to me.” And I look – and there was Goody Good” (Act I). Tituba was scared for her life, she shouts out the name of someone else so that they will not hurt her. Tituba is afraid of what they will do to her if she does not confess, so she decides to blame others. This theory is also in the news constantly if you listen to stories about those who have been attacked and hurt the attacker to some degree because they were acting in self-defense. This is not always a bad thing. As you can tell by the second one that fear is also the thing that keeps us safe stemming from a time when we were still running from Bears, Wolves, etc.
While this is helpful in many situations today, it can be...