The Crucible Paranoia Research Paper

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Fear and paranoia have an extensive history with American politics. Since the times of the thirteen colonies, and the Salem Witch Trials paranoia and suspicion have been a part of daily life in America; Whether it be rational or otherwise. Sporadically, there have 2 other periods in American history when paranoia has reigned politics. The first period of paranoia was during the Cold War, which spurred the Red Scare. Consequently, it also inspired Arthur Miller to write The Crucible as an analogy to the Red Scare. The second notable period of paranoia began after 9/11. In both cases, the paranoia is used by American politicians to manipulate public opinion and create arguments supporting their campaigns. In three sporadic periods in American

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