In fact, the spread of Communism started before McCarthy, but McCarthyism detained even more negativity. Certainly, with McCarthy having power in the government, brought forth fear, allegations, and betrayal. The author’s hostile view on McCarthyism proves how much of an effect on Americans took place. Correspondingly, American society experienced a severe crisis that put every individual in a horrible headspace. I completely agree with Sam Roberts’ article.
One of his most famous books “Fahrenheit 451” was published during the “Red Scare,” which was the thought that communists were spying on Americans on their own land during the Cold War. He experienced the Cold War also, in which a lot of people were terrified that the communists could strike America at any time. Bradbury wrote about McCarthyism and censorship because those were trendy topics throughout America at the time. He gave scared people an outlet through his writings to comfort themselves during what was going on at the time. During the time Bradbury started writing, time was vigorous with people not having much money and the amount of wars, and NPR (2017) said “He said it was a time when people couldn 't imagine the future, and
Richard Oliver was visibly and admittedly drunk at the time of the merciless whipping of his wife. This whipping was in public and so severe that multiple people had to step in and stop him before he inflicted any more permanent damage. The prosecution could claim that this is the same defense the defense uses in saying that if it was done in public then the husband must retaliate to keep his respect. This is a false parallel though because he had to be stopped by multiple people in public which would lose respect in the eyes of the public which was not even close to the case in Smith’s case. Finally, it is not similar because Richard Oliver was whipping his wife with no mercy and left permanent damage while Mr. Smith only slapped his wife once and left no permanent damage at
This state of tension was called the Cold War and was between the United States and the Soviet Union. During this time, politicians accused and forced people to confess of being communist or “Red”. In “Ted-Ed” on McCarthyism, HUAC, and the Red Scare, it is stated people accused were asked to incriminate their friends and associates. If they retaliated or resisted, they could lose their jobs and/or go to jail if they did not confess. During the Hollywood Blacklist, 10 Screenwriters, actors, directors, etc, did not confess to being communist so they were arrested.
There were many occurrences of this same fear that Sandra felt. One example would be the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and how the nation was shocked and terrified that one person could kill the most powerful man in the world so easily. This fear is also portrayed in the political riots such as the many riots that occurred to oppose the Vietnam draft and war. American men were being drafted and did not want to be fighting a war that was not necessary. Many of these riots ended with the police coming in and fighting the protesters until they left.
Throughout the film, various themes become evident; the most obvious of themes as mentioned was McCarthyism. McCarthy used the power of media to intensify the “Red Scare”, to the point that individuals began to question and judge anyone who they believed to be a communist whether they were or not. Although McCarthyism ended, it left many jobless, due to accusations of communism, “ ten thousand Americans lost their jobs because of their past or present affiliation with the Communist party”. Lastly, McCarthyism lead to constant suspicion and one might say it manifested hatred between Americans. Similarly the theme of dissent goes hand in hand with McCarthyism and is also prevalent throughout the film.
The people’s moral instincts were damaged because of the chaos created from the situation. It will go to the extent of even ruining a person’s reputation. But that was in the McCarthy Era. During the Salem Witch trials, “ Anyone standing up… and denying that witches existed would have faced immediate arrest, ...possibly the rope.” (Miller 25). In the 1690s, no one could express their true thoughts on the situation or they would meet their demise.
Unfortunately there are some extreme ways of doing so, such as escaping from their fears by putting an end to their own lives without realizing that the depression will get passed on constantly. Numerous reports of suicides committed by famous figures makes the beginning of the twenty-first century unforgettable to the people of South Korea. Starting with actors, singers and even the ninth president of South Korea committed such horrific acts bringing a big shock to the whole nation and brought in the Werther effect in today’s mass media. When considering the stage of life teenagers are at, it can be said that they are not fully matured both physically and mentally. This is why youths are particularly more vulnerable to suicide due to the lack of experience of
Background Before the Kent State shooting, the United State was already in a stir because of the Vietnam War that started in 1954. The involvement of the war damaged America in many different ways, one of them being the economy. Over 168 billion dollars were used towards military supplies and trade overseas that caused budget conflicts. The second conflict was the drafting, the Vietnam War took many lives so men of the ages 18 and up were drafted to attend the war in 1969. This caused uprising conflicts between the government and the people.
The American culture of the 1950's portrays an unpredictable and absurd picture of dramatic advances in the economic prosperity ; uneasily coinciding with extreme , however , partially recognized social and cultural strains. After the second world war , the united states had a great deal of anxiety about any form of government that was different from their own . The actions and policies of Hitler , Stalin, and Trotsky terrified the Americans ; there was a very real fear that communist spies will weaken the country from the inside .This fear created McCarthyism , in which General Joseph McCarthy rose to national prominence by starting a test to uncover communists holding important positions in the most astounding areas of the government .The cold war enhanced this fear , people