Similarities Between The Crucible And Red Scare

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Cameron Oldfield Mrs. Brincks English III 15 November, 2015 The Crucible and Red Scare Imagine being thrown in jail, blamed for something that you didn't do .The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, is a story about how certain propaganda and false accusations can ruin lives, just like in the case of the Red Scare. Although 1692 the Salem witch trials and the Red Scare were over 200 years apart, The similarities are striking. both trials used intimidation, fear, hatred, and false accusations to ruin innocent lives. Both trials resulted in terrible outcomes, with both ending with innocent people being put to death and shunned from society. Arthur Miller was one of the most popular American playwrights…show more content…
Block himself uses Propaganda and hysteria in his art to gain political power. The red scare was basically just one huge breakout of Propaganda and hysteria .The first communist propaganda handout titled “FIRE” was by Herbert Block on June 17, 1949, which was drawn in an era of communism spreading throughout the world. It shows a man climbing up a ladder with a bucket of water attempting to put out the flame on the Statue of Liberty, representing the fear of communism wiping out liberty and freedom. At this time communism was no joke and there were legit fears of communism taking over the world and people feared for their lives. The picture also implied that there were communists in the United States trying to actively destroyed the democracy. Just like how the people of salem thought that witches were going to take over their city, the fear of communism and the fear of witches where all but the same. The increase in severity of the Red Scare and in the Crucible are almost…show more content…
Later in the story Tituba under the pressure of the court confest which ignited a hunt for witches. in both the salem witch trials and the red scare people where both paranoid of something. At the time of the witch trials the people were afraid of evil spirits, and the devil if you were accused of being a witch you would lose almost everything you owned. With the power of the church the people of Salem where easy overpowered by Propaganda and hysteria, with this people started so claim any was a witches for power, land, and even political strength. “We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!”( Arthur Miller.) In this quote John Proctor is saying that no one has changed but the children have overtaken by social fear and have the power of life and death over the innocent people of Salem. The similarities in Blocks art is

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