The play “The Crucible” is about the Salem witch trials which happened around in the early 1600’s, basically people are falsely being accused and killed because lawyers and people think that they had something to do with the devil. The red scare happened in 1919, it’s a “hysteria over the perceived threat posed by communists in the United states became known as red scare,” (History.com Staff). Then, McCarthyism started, it’s basically “accusations heightens the political tension of the times,” (Arthur Miller). The United States are basically infiltrating people because they think that they had something to do with communism, many writers and actors are a
The Crucible Essay Izabel Ureta Per. 4 10/19/15 The Crucible by Arthur Miller was written to warn Americans about the propaganda and misleading information that the McCarthy Era advertised in the 1950s. Miller compared McCarthyism to the Salem Witch Trials in order to demonstrate how both events enabled hysteria by promoting prejudgement and the lack of morality in society. The fear of peers in Salem fuel the act of injustice for the reason that they prejudge and have a misunderstanding of one another. Elizabeth is confused when she finds out that Abigail mentioned her name in court.
They too attacked the source of fear, which they claimed to be Communism, but just like the witch hunters claimed the source to be the Devil. The people were so in fear, they had to reside all of their obedience into either the court led by God or the
During the time of the communist hunt, Arthur Miller wrote his book about the Salem witch trials. The trials were a culmination of nineteen people killed after being accused of witchcraft. McCarthy’s communist hunt was a group of people who were accused of being communist and tried by McCarthy. As Miller wrote about the Salem witch trials, there was an evident direct coincide between McCarthyism and the Salem witch trials. During the Salem and McCarthy’s time, there is a connection between a leader and their followers.
During the 1600s, young girls in a village located in Massachusetts began accusing women for performing witchcraft. The result of these accusations led to hysteria and the hanging of many people throughout the village. The playwright, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, and the novel, Witch Child, by Celia Rees, have both fictionalized the Salem Witch Trials. In The Crucible, the antagonist Abigail Williams is the source of conflict. She falsely accuses several village people of performing witchcraft, which resulted from her jealousy of her lover’s wife.
This play was written in 1952 during the period of the “Red Scare”. This is when people who believed or invested in Communism they were treated like being a witch in Salem. In The Crucible, ideas of truth and sacrifice and evil and injustice are displayed throughout. John Proctor and Giles Cory are two characters chosen to show truth and sacrifice. They had sacrificed there life to keep some truth in Salem during the play
During The Red Scare, there was a huge breakout of mass hysteria due to fears about the threat of communism . The way the US responds to Communism threat is: “A number of government officials took strong, and sometimes unlawful, actions against labor leaders, foreigners, and others” (manythings.org 165) …… Similarly to The Crucible, the people who were put on trial and accused without proper evidence were innocent which caused mass hysteria as well. An example from Mary Warren tries to tell the lies that the girls are covering: “I cannot tell how, but I did. I - I heard the other girls screaming, and you, Your Honor, you seemed to believe them, and I - It were only sport in the beginning, sir, but then the whole world cried spirits, spirits, and I - I promise you, Mr. Danforth, I only thought I saw them but I did not.” (Miller
Witchcraft in Salem brought out the true colors in Abigail Williams and everyone in the community with how they reacted to the situation. The same thing happened with McCarthyism but it only brought out McCarthy’s bad side and the citizens good side in the McCarthy era. With having the fear of either communism or witchcraft come into your city the emotion of fear takes over everyone.An example of fear rising in a city would be communism trying to take over America and then an “obscure US senator” rises and tries to fix the communism problem but then only makes it worsts. Everyone is impacted with fear no matter how they deal with this emotion it doesn’t go away unless you find where the problem is coming from, for instance the acustions in both The Crucible and the McCarthy era both started with one person telling a
The Salem Witch Trials were a time during which the way people viewed each other was in complete control of life or death situations. It is an excellent background to build upon, considering Miller’s secondary goal of indoctrinating readers with a belief in the utter necessity of a good reputation. It creates an implied mentality of honor over life, because in this setting, there is no survival for those who lack high
Cameron Oldfield Mrs. Brincks English III 15 November, 2015 The Crucible and Red Scare Imagine being thrown in jail, blamed for something that you didn't do .The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a story about how certain propaganda and false accusations can ruin lives, just like in the case of the Red Scare. Although 1692 the Salem witch trials and the Red Scare were over 200 years apart, The similarities are striking. both trials used intimidation, fear, hatred, and false accusations to ruin innocent lives. Both trials resulted in terrible outcomes, with both ending with innocent people being put to death and shunned from society. Arthur Miller was one of the most popular American playwrights