Similarities Between The Cold War And The Crucible

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The Cold War, a fight against an idea that Americans opposed, and the Salem Witch Trials, a “fight” against an idea people had, share many similarities. To further explain this connection, the understanding of what communism entails is required. The reason behind why we as Americans hated and feared communism. The main reason the fear of communists was such a large thing in America. As well as the connections that can lead between the Cold War and the play The Crucible. Americans and America only exist because in the past some colonists left the British empire because of the high amount of tax that was being imposed on them, and for being ruled by what was essentially a dictator. Both of those reasons are required for a proper Communistic …show more content…

The idea of containment was that countries tend to jump over to being communist when they are facing an economical crisis, so to prevent the communist idea from spreading we needed to help countries economies. Congress approved Truman’s suggested amount of $17 billion over the course of four years to help out Great Britain, France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. This strategy for preventing communism did work very well, and was very successful in what the U.S. was trying to do. Even though all of that money and planning did what was needed and did prevent this communist …show more content…

It is a dramatized and not exactly true to life story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692-93. Miller wrote the play as a metaphor or analogy of McCarthyism, when the US government shunned people for being communists. Some of the connections that can be made are between Joseph McCarthy in spreading the idea of Communism invading America, and Abigail Williams’ spread of the devil invading Salem. McCarthy utilized the current fear and hatred for communists to further his own agenda. Abigail Williams used the fear and hatred for witches and the devil to further her agenda of getting John Proctor away from his wife. McCarthy was trusted with his claims even though he had no evidence to prove it, people that he said were communists were looked down upon and couldn’t properly do their jobs with this negative view on them. Abigail has a similar story, where the higher ups in the church immediately believed her despite the lack of proof and where the people she was accusing were tried in court and a majority put to

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