Lead by Senator Joe McCarthy, this modern witch hunt for communism ruined lives and spread lies, with the initial victims being the disliked, the outsiders. One of the first of those blacklisted was Owen Lattimore. He was outspoken about his unpopular liberal views and so it was easy for McCarthy to shift blame and suspicion towards him (Victims of McCarthyism). McCarthy played off the existing fear of communism left behind by World War II to gain support for his lagging political career by fighting a problem that did not really exist. As in The Crucible, people easily accepted that Lattimore and others like him were to blame, in this case for being communist.
McCarthyism caused Americans to turn on each other due to fear, unawareness, and propaganda. Clearly due to McCarthyism, fear evoked betrayal among Americans in the 1950’s. One reason McCarthyism sparked paranoia is due to the rapid rate of communism spreading
In the 1690s, no one could express their true thoughts on the situation or they would meet their demise. The ethics for Salem and the McCarthy era were unjustified because of he outrageous trials and terrible assumptions. Miller saw a comparison because both had the people turning their backs on to each other during an unorganized time and the overall
They would create slogans saying “Better dead than red.” Communism changed the way people acted around others in the 1960’s. America’s citizens were probably very afraid because they didn’t want anyone to mistakenly identify them as a communist. This made people begin to turn on each other especially in the film industry.
The unjust treatment that the creature received from humankind was harsh and unreasonable as he wasn’t allowed the opportunity to prove his intentions were far from malicious. His loneliness, isolation and injustice from those he tried to befriend turned him into an actual monster, evidently his perspective and personality changed after being excluded. The monster had been treated unfairly by humanity “I desired love and fellowship and I was spurned. Was there no injustice in this? … Am I to be thought the only criminal when all human kind sinned against me?”
Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, a New York senator at the time, delivered a speech to the Cleveland City Club, lamenting the prejudice and hatred that killed Dr. King. In his speech, Kennedy appeals to ethos, utilizes metaphors, and employs 3rd person point of view to advance his purpose of how American society fosters prejudice and how, as a nation, they must change their ways to see any significant changes. Ethos plays a unique role in The Mindless “Menace of Violence”. Although it is prevalent in the essay, it’s most important components are never outrightly stated; rather it is understood through background knowledge and analysis. If the Kennedy name were to call to mind anyone in
Bin Ladin manipulates the members Al-Qaeda into thinking that they have an obligation to strike for God's sake. He teaches others the Americans are the enemy and probably clarifies throughout the speech that their terrorist attacks come with clear understanding of what might happen to them when it is over and who they are doing it for. “If everything goes well, everyone of you should pat the other on the shoulder in confidence.” Bin Ladin uses an emotional appeal of
Since Harrison was threat to the society that the National Administration Center had created, his death was the only answer to the problem due to his intelligence conflicting with the society that required everyone to be equal. Harrison’s intelligence was a big reason of why he killed himself in the movie. His mind was incompatible to the society he lived
The tension between the oppressor and the oppressed soon grows to the point where the line breaks. When it breaks it causes a conflict. In society when the line breaks this can result in a revolution or a war. In the book, the line broke when Larsen’s crew was mistreated to the point of starting a mutiny between Larsen’s inner circle and the crew. Larsen repelled the mutiny and killed the head members but it weakened his rule.
Therefore, people in Waknuk should have acceptance to deviation and mutant people rather than send to the Fringes or kill them because they could lose talented people that could rise their
With all of the events that took place during this time, they all added up to cause a scare in America at the time. I believe that McCarthy was the main cause of the Red Scare because of his accusations of many American people. McCarthy accused American citizens as well as the United States government while HUAC only accused Hollywood
Words have a prodigious influence on people and hold the power to change minds, which in turns makes it fitting that writers teach people and advocate for social change as Arthur Miller does in his play, The Crucible. In the play, Reverend Hale represents Miller’s attempts to capture the panic in those realizing the wrongdoings of participating in McCarthy’s fraudulent efforts of eradicating Communism. Hale speaks “with a climatic desperation” (Text 1, the play) as he attempts to convince Judge Danforth that the hangings have to come to an end. Miller uses Hale to try to convince people to stop McCarthy as seen in Hale’s unfortunate, futile efforts towards the end of the play to stop the hanging of John Proctor. John Proctor is used to show how such accusations can “blacken” a name that one “cannot have another [one] in [his] life” (Text 1, the play); through John Proctor, Miller advocates for an end to the
In Arthur Miller’s, The Crucible, a man named Reverend Parris is a representation of all that is twisted and greedy in what is a seemingly positive religion. Parris is a foretold man of God, but realistically illustrates how a man in power wants to progress in his own selfish ideals. This trait is greatly exemplified in his personality, especially in the fact that he is evidenced as one who cannot be trusted, and seeks constant approval of others near him. Parris does change over time, however, from wishing for the advancement of his owns wants, to hoping for the downfall of those against him. Much of how Parris is described is seen in his placement with respect to other characters; he is given such a moral job to highlight to sharp contrast of his presumed actions against his existing ones.
Often times there’s a point in a person’s life where one wonders if they’re crossing the red line when it comes to reaching their goals. When the lines a drawn and crossed, people suffer, much like the 20 sad souls who were executed in the Salem witch trials, or the 205 falsely accused state department officials. False accusations that ended and ruined people’s lives have been going on for ages like the examples before. Either for self-preservation or to cheat their way up, these things have always been embedded in human nature. Just like in Arthur Miller’s, The crucible, Abigail William’s false accusations propelled the community into its own demise, which also happened when McCarthy doomed 205 members of the state department with his accusations.