This discrimination was due to the views of public and authority figures, along with the fear of the unknown and outsiders. Many times fear causes people to think irrationally, such as in the Salem witch trials. The discrimination and treatment of the homosexuals is similar to the way the witches were treated in The Crucible. Society tends to turn against the minority that most do not approve of. There are some cases where people have been harassed or even physically harmed because of their sexual preference. In the 1 sass, people who were homosexual were usually shunned and looked down upon.
People who even looked slightly nonsexual were ignored and avoided, especially because they thought that everybody who was homosexual had AIDS. When the AIDS disease first came out, people thought that the disease could be spread airborne, so anybody who looked slightly gay was avoided. In The Crucible, people who were accused of witchcraft were shunned just like the homosexuals were in 1 sass. If somebody was supposedly a witch, they were arrested and treated like they were the dirt on the bottom of a person’s shoe.
Witches were avoided in The Crucible because the people of Salem thought that if they were even close to he witches then there was a possibility that they would become a witch too. Homosexuals were not considered equal in the eyes of authority figures. Even today, there are still many places where gays are not allowed to get married. Because gay people cannot get married, they cannot have the same health insurance benefits that everybody else who are married can have. In The Crucible, authority figures had people who were accused of witchcraft automatically locked up.
The judges in the town of Salem would say that the witchcraft trials were fair trials, but it was not true. In the story, the judges ad already made up their mind before any of the trials took place: anybody that had been accused of being a witch was considered to be a witch regardless of the facts, and all witches were going to be hanged unless they confessed. It was obvious that the judges looked down upon the witches, because they did not let the accused witches have hardly any say during the trial. The people of Salem had a strong belief of the authority figures, and the authority figures took advantage of that.
The authority figures knew that if they believed that a person was a witch, then the whole town would believe hey were a witch. Up until about a few months ago, homosexual people were not allowed to be in the military or the boy scouts. By not letting homosexual people do these things, authority figures and the government were discriminating against the minority of homosexuals. Because the authority figures in The Crucible and the United States believed that anything they say should be followed, many times the authorities were unjust and did not let the homosexuals and accused witches stand up for themselves.
In both The Crucible and in the United States, the minority (homosexuals and witches) were treated harshly. The people in Salem had no concrete proof that anybody was a witch, but anybody who was accused or looked like a witch was arrested. In jail, the witches were beaten and their punishment if they were guilty was to be hanged. In the United States, some homosexuals were beaten by other American citizens because of their sexual preference. Some people do not believe in homosexuality because of their religion.
People take what they believe in to a whole new level: some believe that because their religion says that homosexuality is a sin that everybody who is homosexual is somehow connected to the devil. The same goes for the witches in The Crucible: witches were said to be associated with the devil Or they were the devil themselves. Homosexual people, especially during the sass, were afraid to leave their homes because of the way they would be treated if they were to go out in public. Similarly, People in the town of Salem were mindful of their actions to make sure they were not accused of being a witch.
So, because of the way homosexuals and accused witches were treated, the homosexuals and people of Salem were careful about the way they acted to make sure they were not targeted. Two variables that existed in the story of The Crucible and in the case of homophobia after the AIDS were the fear of the unknown, and Xenophobia (fear of the outsider). In The Crucible, the unknown was the unexplainable evil happening in the town of Salem. People could not determine some of the illnesses, so they were automatically associated with witchcraft.
The witches were the outsiders in The Crucible. Many people of the town had a fear of the witches who were the outsiders; for example, in The Crucible, characters like John Proctor and Rebecca Nurse were separated from their families after they were accused of being witches. This separation was because of the fear of the outsiders. Witches were considered the devil’s children, and people thought that being around a witch could make them also turn to the dark side; therefore, witches were separated from the rest of society.
Just as witchcraft was the outsider and the evil was the unknown in the Salem witch trials, during the AIDS breakout in the sass, AIDS was the unknown. At the time, AIDS was a new disease that had spread quickly. “By 1982 the condition had acquired a number of names – GRID (gay-related immune deficiency), ‘gay cancer’, ‘community-acquired immune dysfunction’ and ‘gay compromise syndrome” (“History Of HIVE and AIDS in the IS . S. “). Most people at the time who were getting AIDS were homosexuals, so people automatically assumed that it was a gay disease.
Doctors had theories of how this disease was spread and where it came from, but they had no proof. The people were fearful of the disease, especially because there was no cure and people were dying fast. Homosexuals were the outsiders, and many people feared them. At the time, homosexuality was considered abnormal in society, causing people in society to fear homosexuals even more. Obviously, the way people automatically connected witchcraft with all the evil in Salem and AIDS with homosexuals shows that the people fear the outsider, and look for a quick solution to get rid of the outsider.
For the most part, the main reasons why homophobia and the Salem witch trials occurred was due to the view of the public authority figures and to Xenophobia. This Xenophobia led to the harsh treatment and discrimination of homosexuals and witches. The discrimination and prejudice against homosexuals continues even in today’s society, and will probably continue for the rest of eternity. Also, one of the causes of the witch trials and ambrosia after the AIDS breakout is the unknown.