Examples Of Injustice In The Crucible

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Innocent people die every day, some may have died because of violent actions, but some are killed as a result of a much more frightening reason: a corrupt court system. Courts are put in place to protect us, and when their justice has rotted from the inside, it leads to chaotic and brutal societies. One of these societies, all the way back in Salem, Massachusetts, during 1692, is described in the play, The Crucible. Written in the McCarthy era, this play highlights the injustices during the Red Scare in America. As history continues to unfold, more links can be drawn between the message of The Crucible and today’s discrimination. The allegorical qualities of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible relate strongly to McCarthyism, but still have relevant …show more content…

An article written by the Journalist’s Resource gives facts and statistics about the recent shootings of unarmed black men. It analyzes reasons why police shootings have gone up and why some people are defending this brutality. One statistic reads, “Social scientists who have done extensive field research and interviews note the deep sense of mistrust embedded in many communities” (Journalist’s Resource). In other words, this information indicates that society does not trust the police to protect them. Another interesting point is that the police are put in place to protect people's rights, yet speaking out against them, creates more police brutality. If police are sent out to put down protests against them, people will become afraid to protest. Similarly in The Crucible, whenever someone tries to speak out against the hangings, they are conveniently accused of witchcraft or of trying to overthrow the court. People begin to accept this corrupt court because they are afraid they will be …show more content…

In the article “Terrorism Law, the New McCarthyism,” a law proposed by Congress to eliminate a person’s free speech is discussed. It explains that in 2010, nine years after the 9/11 attacks, the country was reverting back to McCarthyism and discriminating against certain people because of fear. The article states that, “The AEDPA’s [Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act] vague ban on ‘assistance’ and ‘advice’ is essentially no different from the McCarthy-era attempt to root out association with and advocacy for groups unpopular with the government” (Rhode). Fundamentally, the author is saying that the reason this prejudiced law is being proposed is because the government feels threatened and wants to eradicate groups that denounce it. The government is promoting this mob mentality of hatred towards Muslims. Correspondingly, authoritative figures in The Crucible persecute people who oppose them or are a hazard to their power. For example, the strictly Puritan society is headed by Reverend Parris, who is disliked and threatened by John Proctor. Since Parris wants to keep his position, he tries to convince people that John really is a witch. By doing this, he fuels the mass paranoia of killing

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