Many have said that history repeats itself. This has never been more evident then with the tragic events that happened with the Red Scare and the events in The Crucible. Both deal with mass hysteria and how accusers are given power and use that power for evil. In both the accusers look down upon the rest of the society and just accuse away with your accusing finger. What we learn from both of these horrible events is that we should never look down upon others or accuse someone of committing an "immoral crime" without seeing or never or hearing what really happened.
Occasion’s Effect The Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism are very similar even though they took place such a long time from each other. If someone was accused of witchcraft in 1692 they had to confess and lose all social standing or be executed, in the 1950’s if a person was accused of being a communist they would be fired and put on trial, if they would not confess they were blacklisted until they admitted to their “crime”. Arthur Miller used the Salem Witch trials to protest McCarthyism in a somewhat discreet way that proved to be a timeless comfort to the citizens experiencing oppression from their government (“Why I Wrote The Crucible”, 911).
Fear is a common human emotion. However, people respond to it in different ways. This response is not always the best and can result in tragedy. During various instances in history has fear led people to do things later are regretted. From the Salem witch trials, to McCarthyism to even modern political witch trials has fear played a big role in.
The Salem Witch Trials can be compared to many historical events around the world. The Holocaust is one of the most compared events to the Salem Witch Trials. These events are brought together by the facts that both of them were tragic and people died horrifically. Neither of these events were handled in a way that was beneficial for their economies. The Holocaust is a modern day “Witch Hunt” that relates to the Salem Witch Trials due to instinctual prejudice and mass hysteria, but differs in religion and the scale of the executions.
The Moral Transition of Reverend John Hale Generally speaking, if given the opportunity to express their greed, people take out their greed on other people. In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, Reverend John Hale is an expert on witchcraft and is summoned to Salem to determine whether the Devil is present. In Salem, greed allows the personal agendas of some people to conflict with the good intentions of many of the other citizens. Reverend Hale is called to reveal the truth and help calm the fears of Salem. His education and desire to help the afflicted motivate him.
The 1692 Salem Witch Trials were major events in United States history that led to many other similar events around the world. While there are many examples, a very strong example of history repeating itself with the Trials is the Sex Abuse Cases that occurred in Bakersfield, California in the 1980s. The Salem Witch Trials and the Sex Abuse Cases is an example of history repeating itself because in both events young girls accused people of crimes they did not commit, all evidence of innocence were thrown out, and the primary motivation was attention and personal gain. First of all, history repeated itself with the Sex Abuse Cases because, like the Salem Witch Trials, it was centered around a group of young girls accusing adults of crimes they did not commit. In the Witch Trials, Abigail Williams and her group of friends falsely accused Puritan townspeople of witchcraft, a major crime at that time.
Can the fear of people control the way certain things and events are looked at? In 1950 a nationwide historical campaign called McCarthyism took place. The campaign was against alleged communist in the U.S government and other institutions and accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence which was carried out by Joseph McCarthy. The primary targets were usually union activist, government employees, educators, and entertainment industry. Many people people lost their trust in others, causing a new outlook on life while relationships were destroyed. McCarthyism was caused by the fear of the people due to past events.
Throughout the 1950’s, there was a threat of Communism taking over America called the Red Scare. Arthur Miller concluded to write an allegory for the Red Scare and make it into a play. The play exemplifies bits and pieces of the Red Scare. During this period of time, people were being accused of being communist. Everyone was blamed and no one was safe.
Salem and the Accused An excerpt from Crucible, Stating the equitable way to arraign people. During the time of the Salem Witch Trials, many innocent people were under the accusation of being and/or dealing with witches or the devil to cause mischief among the citizens of the town. These allegation influenced the rifts in the town, and caused an isolated community in which everyone had a fear of be accused or affected. At the time, the actions they conducted could have seemed etiquette.
McCarthyism and The Crucible “It is mistaken law that leads you to sacrifice. Life, woman, life is God 's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it…it may well be God damns a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride (Miller).” This may not have been an actual quote from someone during the Salem witch trials, but this quote is not just about the trials that occurred in the 1600s. This quote from the Reverend John Hale, was also about the trails that occurred in the McCarthyism Era.
Guilty or Proven Innocent? The Salem witch trials occurred from February 1692 to May 1693 in Salem, Massachusetts. During the Salem witch trials no single person or family was safe from persecution. Once accused of witchcraft you were incarcerated and appeared at a hearing in the courts.