During the time of the communist hunt, Arthur Miller wrote his book about the Salem witch trials. The trials were a culmination of nineteen people killed after being accused of witchcraft. McCarthy’s communist hunt was a group of people who were accused of being communist and tried by McCarthy. As Miller wrote about the Salem witch trials, there was an evident direct coincide between McCarthyism and the Salem witch trials. During the Salem and McCarthy’s time, there is a connection between a leader and their followers.
Giles Corey's’ wife, Martha Corey, reads fictional books which claims to disrupt his prying. Martha Corey soon becomes a victim of the witch trials and is accused of witchcraft. Giles Corey shows his loyalty to his wife when he pleads against the court that she is innocent. I relate to his characteristic of loyalty because I am also loyal to my family. For example, if my Parents tell me I am not allowed to go somewhere or do something, I won’t do it because I know they care for my safety.
Sam Roberts in the article “A Decade of Fear” argues that McCarthyism turned Americans against each other. Robert supports his claim by illustrating fear, describing betrayal, and comparing it to other U.S. internal conflicts. The author’s purpose is to point out a vulnerable period in American history in order to demonstrate that Americans felt prey McCarthy’s negative propaganda. The author writes in a cynical tone for an educated audience. I strongly agree with Robert’s claim.
However, during the time of McCarthyism, people suddenly believed if a person went against the government thoughts, they were a communist. Similarly, this is like a time in The Crucible when a mass amount of women were arrested for witchcraft. After Mary Warren comes home from watching the witchcraft trials, John Proctors asks if it is true if only fourteen women arrested. Instead Mary Warren replies, “No, sir. There be thirty-nine now” (Miller, Act II).
Similarly, in the Witch Child, jealousy occurs amongst three young girls who desire a husband. They believe that Mary is capable of using witchcraft to have a husband, “‘Like your future husband,’ Hannah supplied. ‘And bind him to you, if you have the skill!’ . . .
The Second Red Scare, which took place from the 1940s through 1950s, was instigated by Wisconsin senator Joseph Mccarthy when he claimed in a speech that 205 communists had infiltrated the State Department. Mccarthyism resulted from a group panic over fear of Communism, and the ulterior motives of influential conservative figures, who hoped to limit liberals’ influence. Hundreds of Hollywood artists were accused of harboring Communist sympathies. Among the people implicated was Arthur Miller, whose experiences and observations during Mccarthyism inspired him to write his famous 1953 play, The Crucible, which takes place in 1692 during the infamous Salem witch trials. The play follows farmer John Proctor as he attempts to mend his strained marriage
This type of obedience, although it is created from religion, uses the court to implement what they want done. The people confuse the common man with evil and to obey the wishes of God, the people must attack the source. This is clearly seen in the Red Scare, but the American people were not in fear of God, they were in fear of politics, or the government in general. The proof is in the statement, “A young Senator named Joseph McCarthy made a public accusation that more than two hundred “card-carrying” communists had infiltrated the United States government causing fear” (McCarthyism). They too attacked the source of fear, which they claimed to be Communism, but just like the witch hunters claimed the source to be the Devil.
Period4 The Crucible Essay Communism and Witchcraft have the same effect on humans, that effect is fear, when you hear fear you think of your worst nightmare or someone hiding in your closet, during the McCarthyism era and the salem witchcraft people had fear about whether their life is on the line or not. It all depended on one person in their community whether or not they choose to save their life. The Crucible by Arthur Miller is an allegory for the Red Scare in the McCarthy era because the girls feared Abigail just like everyone feared J.McCarthy, Elizabeth being accused is similar to McCarthy accusing the US Army, they are innocent just like Elizabeth. Both McCarthy and Abigail accuse innocent citizens of being apart of something evil. Accusing others of evil is a main part of the McCarthyism era and Abigail accusing others of in the book The Crucible.
McCarthyism, a broad political campaign during the mid-twentieth century against suspected Communists in influential positions throughout America, had severe implications on the American political landscape. In what ways did McCarthyism impact politics during the time period of 1946-1953? McCarthyism impacted politics during 1946 - 1953 by allowing politicians to run on claims without evidence, the use of legislative actions, and through the rise of Nixon. Politicians and political groups were able to run on claims without evidence, a core principle of McCarthyism. On February 9, 1950 Senator Joseph McCarthy first grabbed the attention of the public by claiming that he had a list of 57 cases of Communism.
Sam Roberts in the article A Decade of Fear argues that McCarthyism turned Americans against each other. Roberts supports his claim by illustrating fear, describing betrayal, and comparing it to other United States internal conflicts. The author’s purpose is to point out a vulnerable period of American history in order to demonstrate that Americans felt prey to McCarthy’s negative propaganda. The author writes in a cynical tone for an educated audience. I strongly agree with Robert’s claim.