A witch hunt is seen as an intensive effort to discover and expose disloyalty, subversion, dishonesty, or the like, usually based on slight, doubtful, or irrelevant evidence. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 and recounts one such witch hunt. During this time, witches and conspiring with the devil were frowned upon by the Puritan church, and were the cause of much fear and suspicion. The Salem Witch Trials were a product of this fear and uncertainty that eventually overwhelmed the village for more than a year. Miller wrote The Crucible during the time America was concerned about the rising power of Communism in the Soviet Union on the heels of World War II.
Salem, Massachusetts, 1692. A village of the Puritans where religion ran every aspect of society, also the place where the historic Salem Witch Trials occurred. The Salem Witch Trials were a mass hysteria where the villagers wildly accused their neighbors of conspiring with the Devil and casting spells to ruin daily life. The Crucible was written by Arthur Miller because of his personal experience. Earlier in his life, Miller was being trialed by a court for being a communist put through his own personal crucible about his beliefs which inspired him to write this play.
When these things were put at risk both societies acted out irrationality in mass hysteria, the effects of this would linger. Towns around Salem felt the effects and ended up having their own version of witch trials, yet there were on a smaller scale. With the permanent mandate of the Un-American Activities Committee, many political decisions back then and it continued to influence political decisions in the years since. Both are often cited as the reason we, as humans, have unfounded fears that can compromise our way of life. The main contributor in these tragedies had to do with the corrupt courts and how there was no factual presented against the
One Flew Over Society’s Utopia In 1962, Ken Kesey shook Americans across the nation with his book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest illustrates controversial topics in society as triumphant and was therefore under scrutiny since its publication. The novel expresses material, such as nonconformity, rebellion, freedom of the mind, and the hardships of having a mental illness. It also challenges many levels of reality and social norms, such as glorifying corrupt juveniles, criminal activity, and depicting images of obscenity, all which landed the novel a spot on the banned books list. As young adults, our minds are still moldable.
In both the play The Crucible and the film Good Night and Good Luck, the characters reflect the people during the Red Scare of the 1950’s and the Salem witch hunts of the 1600’s. Even though in different time periods, both events caused controversy and chaos that made people very afraid of having a communist or witch reputation. Both Edward Murrow and John Proctor are similar in the manner that they both fight against the government’s power. For example, Proctor was against Judge Danforth because he was accused of association with the devil, just like Murrow was accused of communism by Senator McCarthy. Both were willing to stand up against hysteria even if it would ruin their reputation.
Why point a finger at someone, when four are pointing right back at you; history continues to repeat itself over and over again. The Salem Witch Trials were a time when Puritans turned on their own kind, accusing them of witchcraft. This continuous accusation turned the Puritan’s well-being upside down. Over hundred years ago, the Red Scare occurred and people with higher states were getting accused of being named Communist. These allegations have been just as ruinous as being called a witch throughout the 1800’s.
Telling the truth may seem like the right path to take, but in the Puritans’ society it leads to nothing but consequences. In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, reasoning and logic play a huge role in the society’s fear and paranoia. Proctor, Hale, and Giles are the main characters who have reasonable explanations for the chaos that has occurred. John Proctor is one of few characters that maintains valid logic towards the people’s fear and paranoia. In the beginning, Proctor gets in a dispute over whether Tituba, Sarah, and numerous others have dealt with the devil or not.
When the topic of the Salem Witch Trials is mentioned, we think about how creepy it was and how the people were killed. However, author of the Newsweek article titled “The Lesson of Salem,” Laura Shafiro states, “[The] witch trials represent more than just a creepy moment in history; they stand for the terrible victory of prejudice over reason, and fear over courage”. On most occasions, people tend to forget the actual significance of the witch trials. In The Crucible, a
This is very clear in the beginning when he is talking to Giles and Paris, as he is begin swayed back and forth based on what their reaction to something is. Also, he is still accusing people (like Abigail) at the end of the play, just not the innocent people whom he was persecuting before. He is almost destroying his reputation as a “witch hunter”, but he knows that he will have better character and a personal name, rather than a public name with no conscience. So, Reverend Hale has not changed in some ways, but the ways he has changed were in his faults, and all of the changes were made for the
In 1957 the last of the accused witches names were cleared.The town of Salem realized their mistake.In 1992 a memorial was built to honor the deaths of people who were falsely accused of witchcraft.Honoring the victims of the trials were important to the people of Salem. It was there way of saying the persecution was over. The trials were held in what is now the city of Danvers,Massachusetts.The aftermath took place all over the world,people held “witch hunts” sometimes they didn 't look for actual witches.The most famous witch hunt took place during the cold war in America.People hunted communist and accused others of being communist without any clear evidence that they were. The Salem Witch Trials are an important event in American history.The lessons learned from the trials are also important so we can prevent further trials like this from happening.The trials are an example of chaos people feel when faced with fear.They also showed the time it takes a community to heal after tragedy strikes.The Salem Witch Trials were a very sad time in history,but we can learn a lot from