Comparing The Crucible And Mccarthyism

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During the time that Arthur Miller created the Crucible, America was dealing with a very similar problem compared to the Salem witch trails. This problem was called McCarthyism, it was believed that a few hundred communists had entered the country, and they posed a threat to American safety. The accusations of communists in the country caused mass paranoia among the entire United States. Arthur Miller was one of them accused of being a communist and was trialed for it, which most likely lead to the creation of his play the Crucible. After the end of both events - the Salem witch hunt and McCarthyism - the effects afterward left devastating results and lingered for many more years to come. During the 1950’s McCarthyism was a widespread problem reflected in the Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, in hope to warn and prevent mass hysteria developing in the United States. The population of the United States became excessively paranoid at the thought of communists in their country. Paranoia among the citizens did nothing but worsen the current situation of the country at the time, since everyone was accusing everyone else of being a communist. Similar amounts of paranoia during the Salem witch hunts caused…show more content…
McCarthyism ended not to pose any real threat to the United States security, and the Salem witch hunts ended up to be all made up and found untrue. Both events grew in paranoia and destructiveness because they all stemmed off of some rumors they grew into huge problems. The Salem witch hunts intertwine with ideas of McCarthyism, since they both have so much in common with each other that in handily inspired Arthur Millers The Crucible. Without McCarthyism, Millers play most likely would have never happened, considering he would not have been inspired by anything else to write the
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