English 3 MYP
25 January 2023 The Crucible and McCarthyism
There are many parallels between the Crucible written by Auther Miller and the act of McCarthyism. Including the need for power, and the need to be in control. There was also a large theme of fear during these times, weather it was fulled from each other or fulled from these in a position of power. The witch trails and the red scare took part almost 225 years apart from each other, but both had very similar themes across the way. Both were based on false accusations put upon people during times of fear and panic. In the Crucible there are men in power enabling these accusations and with McCarthyism …show more content…
Many of the accusation was biased and made on people that were unliked in the village. In the crucible it shows this by Abigail accusing John proctors wife elizabeth of witchcraft after she falls for him so that she many get closer to John. Many things that they were accused of was killing others crops, livestock, and harming them spiritually. By spiritually they mean actually sending there spirt out to harm others. Be it in a dream or a nightmare they believe that the witches could send there spirt out of the body and project harm onto others doing things such as stabbing them poking them or plaging them with nightmares. The people accused would be tried and if they admitted to practicing witchcraft and making deals with the devil they faced jail time. But if they denied it they were often tortured and abused to try and get a confession out of them. If they still refused to admit to working with the devil they were often times hung. Anyone could be accused of being a witch, it didn’t matter age or gender. But it was often times women that were accused of being witches. This is shown in the …show more content…
After this time during the 1950’s Senator Joseph R. McCarthy stated that he had a list of 205 people working in the U.S Department of state that were working with the communists. 320 promising artiest of the time were black listed for them this meant the end of a lot of Careers. Some of the figures on the list included Aaron Copland, Dashiell Hammett, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker,Auther Miller,and Orson Welles. Most of these people were productive in the hollywood careers weather that be play writers, actors, or compositers. Just like in the Crucible it didn’t matter their gender or age when it came to accusations. But he mostly focused on those in positions of fame or were well known. One of the most well known people to take stand in front of the HUAC or the House un American Activities committee was Walt Disney who took the stand to defend his studio and talk about those who had been accused of being a communist while working in his studio. He was then later added to the blacklist after he defended the people that worked for him. Another of the most known people to have taken the stand was Ronald
In 1957, Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible during the McCarthyism era to show how much fear and hysteria can and has already impacted America. The Crucible exaggerates the Salem witch trials of 1962-1963 which are similar to the McCarthyism era. The parallels between the Salem Witch trials and McCarthyism include blaming others, unreliable sources, and punishment if someone refuses to testify. The first parallels between the Salem Witch trials and McCarthyism are blaming others to save
In The Crucible Arthur Miller compares Salem witch trials to the McCarthy period by showing the unfairness of the McCarthy trials, by showing McCarthy’s accusation was equivalent to the guilt of the accused, and by showing how arbitrary an political it was when people were labelled witches or Communists. . The Salem witch trials and McCarthyism are very much alike. Mccarthy and the Salem trials both accused innocent people doing “ bad ‘ things. In the crucible when a person was accused of witchcraft they were taken to trial, there was never solid proof.
In 1953 Arthur Miller took out a play called The Crucible. People started to noticed that it has some similarities to Joseph McCarthy's life. Because they both were related on some subjects. So thats why The Crucible parallels McCarthyism in three significant ways:Naming names,lack of proof and resistance.
The Crucible, an allegorical play, was written by Arthur Miller because he observed and personally experienced events occurring in America during the McCarthyism Era in the 1950s that were similar to those of the Salem Witchcraft Trials in 1692. Now, there are various ways to how the Crucible and the McCarthyism Era are similar, these reasons being the strongest ones. McCarthyism and the Crucible both contained the idea of higher status people having the most power in these situations. To illustrate, Abby accuses the wife of a government man in the Crucible movie. Danforth tells Abby that she must be mistaken and that she should rethink about it again.
Maria Evans Mrs. Busick English 3 03 February 2023 The Crucible & McCarthyism: What are the parallels? Have you ever been so wrapped up in hysteria and fear that you end up doing things that you would normally consider irrational, extreme, and completely against your values? This situation was perfectly played out in The Crucible based on the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 and the McCarthy Era in the United States in 1953. The Crucible was a book written by Arthur Miller, dramatizing the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts.
These people were accused because they thought their problems would be solved by simply executing the people who seemed suspicious to them. In the Bible it talks about how powerful this can be and staying away from it is best. People feared witches and the calamity they could bring. The fear of witchcraft prompted the colonist to fight against the
The Crucible and McCarthyism Parallels The Crucible and McCarthyism have many parallels. The Salem witch trials, in which The Crucible was written, and McCarthyism were in 2 different time frames. The Witch trials were in May from 1692-1693. McCarthyism was in the late 1940s’. The HUAC trials and the Salem witch trials have the same sentiments.
Thomas Bevilacqua Mrs. Goldberg Honors English 11 - 2B 31 March 2023 The Crucible and McCarthyism: What Are the Parallels? Imagine being completely helpless, unable to defend yourself against the accusations of a crime you did not commit. The only way to save yourself is to give up others' names, guilty or not, and put them in your situation. This was the essence of both McCarthyism and the Salem witch trials.
During the red scare, many people feared communists and wanted those people to be gone. People have been questioned by the HUAC. One of those people was a famous Hollywood director named Ella Kazan. He was
The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, was written in response to the abuses of power under McCarthyism, a period in the 1950s when the United States government conducted a witch hunt for supposed communists. The play draws parallels between the Salem witch trials of 1692 in Massachusetts and the Red Scare and its investigations in the 1950s. McCarthyism led to the false accusations of thousands of people, and those accused lost their jobs. Similarly, the Salem witch trials had false accusations that led to the deaths and imprisonment of hundreds. We can see another parallel in more modern situations where people use their power to prosecute others.
but this shows how the hysteria affected her. During McCarthyism the accusations of people being communist people also pressured the accused into confessing and stating names because of the consequences of being blacklisted or guilty. Mr.Kazan remained silent at his first testimony and he went back to testify after feeling guilty. According to document A, “ For the approximately 19 months of my membership, I was assigned to a “unit” composed of those party members who were, like myself, members of the Group Theater acting company. These were Lewis Leverett, J.Edward Bromberg, Phoebe Brand, Morris Carnovsky,Tony Kraber, Paula Miller, Clifford Odets and Art Smith.
The times back then were terrible. The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller in 1953 about The Salem Witch Trials of 1692.McCarthyism was the “witch hunt” for the communist in 1953.the parallels between The Crucible and McCarthyism are naming names,lack of proof ,and reststance. The first reason they are parallel is because of naming names. Hollywood director Elia Kazan went in front of the HUAC twice. The first time he did not confess and names.
When people are placed under an intense feeling of fear, they begin to commit actions they never thought they were capable over. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, a young group of girls commit witchcraft which eventually leads to the arrest of over 100 women. This is similar to a time in the 1950s when Joseph McCarthy accuses government officials of communism and that ultimately leads to hundreds of citizens losing their jobs. The Crucible reveals the similarities between The Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s and McCarthyism of the 1950s because it demonstrates how a society can be tremendously impacted by the feeling the fear.
In the Crucible those who were accused of being guilty, put on trial, and who are expected to confess. Unsuccessful to that led to death. In McCarthy, the media were not disposed to stand up to Senator McCarthy for the fear of being accused of being a Communist. Fear is the main factor playing in both situations, terror of being accused or what people might say, or think.