The Crucible and The Holocaust are related because one person was to blame for the mass hysteria, there was one person in power, fear was used to control the people and many people were wrongly punished. A way that The Crucible by Arthur Millar and The Holocaust are related is that one person is the reason for all the fear in The Crucible it was Abigail and in the holocaust it was Hitler. For example “I want to open myself! (They turn to her startled. She is enraptured, as though in a pearly light.
The most acknowledgeable dispute from the play was between the Putnam’s and the Nurse’s. Rebecca Nurse was blamed for the death of all of Ann Putnam’s children, except for one. The events also caused numerous people to be convicted of witchcraft, some of them being executed. Two of the most notable people convicted in the play were John Procter, condemned for adultery and later hung, and Tituba, who confessed, saving her own life.
This is also clearly not true, as it has been proven that McCarthy accused others to gain political power. For example, McCarthy’s downfall was caused when he clashed with the army. Roberts claims that “McCarthy and his chief counsel, Roy M. Cohn, were accused of improperly using their influence to get preferential assignments for… David Schine, who had been drafted into the military.” (3). To sum this up, those who supported McCarthy had few rebuttals in regards to the turmoil he created in America. Therefore, McCarthyism stirred the pot and intensified the strife between
Mass hysteria a condition affecting a group of persons, characterized by excitement or anxiety, Irrational behavior or beliefs, or inexplicable symptoms of illness (Dictionary.com). An Example of Mass Hysteria is The Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Trials happened in 1692 when girls called witchery on the town of Salem, Massachusetts. These girls thought to have seen the devil, but they really hadn't as they were trying to protect each other. The Trials ended up taking 20 lives of innocent villagers who were being accused of witchery.
“Mr. Cheever, have warrants drawn for all of these-arrest for examination.” (Danforth 182). The girls that were caught doing witch craft now they have warrants out for them because of it. The girls’ good reputation has been ruined now that they got caught. “…I have here an accusation by Mr. Corey against you.
“The Crucible” by Arthur Miller and The Red Scare share many characteristics. “The Crucible” describes the Salem Witch Trials. These trials were during a period of time where men and women were very rancorous so others feared to speak up because they would be accused of witchcraft and killed. Similar to Arthur Miller’s book, the Red Scare was a period of time in the late 40’s and 50’s in which United States citizens were intensely paranoid of an opposing threat of communism in Eastern Europe and Asia and ultimately communists infiltrating the United States. What the Red Scare and “The Crucible” have in common is that accusations of witchcraft or communism were false, people were blind to the truth, and the accusers weren’t very tactful and
1The McCarthy Era was a period of the Cold War when fear of communism in America was at an all-time high. These tensions were exacerbated by the man this era is named for, Senator Joseph McCarthy. Senator McCarthy was known for throwing around unsubstantiated claims related to communists in the government and this only intensified the fear of communism for ordinary Americans. This panic led to Americans looking for someone to blame. One group that came under heavy fire were women, more specifically mothers.
I strongly agree with Robert’s claim. McCarthyism resulted in Americans turning against each other because of politicians greed for power, paranoia, and the fear of communist infiltration. Clearly, Senator McCarthy’s greed for political power led to American citizens’ unrest. In Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, John Proctor dealt with the corruption of power in his town when Abigail Williams and many other girls accused those, who were innocent, of witchcraft. Similarly, americans were being blacklisted by McCarthy because they believed these people may have
No one would be willing to want to call him out because of all the power that he has, making all of the men follow him. In The Crucible if you wouldn’t go along with the majority with blaming people with witchcraft then you would have a horrible reputation and possibly seen as a witch. The people mainly seen following the majority are the people are the ones seen out of the ordinary, the women and the men in this town. If the people hadn’t followed the majority the outcome of this whole play and the Salem witch trail wouldn’t have been so
I strongly agree with Robert’s argument. For sure, McCarthyism leads Americans to clash with each other through hysteria, psychological warfare, and self-preservation. Clearly, the conflict between Americans existed because McCarthyism inflected hysteria. One reason for this is the discovery of Communist spies who were suspected of leaking information on nuclear technology which planted fear in the American population. For example, Robert explains, “Anxiety over a
McCarthy and the Red Scare’s influence reached beyond the government, even finding its way to books. Librarians would pull classics such as Robin Hood, The Grapes of Wrath, and Civil Disobedience off the shelves, fearing they would be considered too leftist (Wall). Nebraska state legislators passed a law that required schools to inspect textbooks for “foreign ideas”, and also required them to devote hours of school time for the performance of patriotic songs. Everyone in America felt the Red Scare hanging above them, as McCarthy scholar Ellen Schrecker articulates, saying, “The taint of communism was like a contagious disease. Almost every survivor of the McCarthy years-Communist and political innocent alike-has a story of someone crossing the street to avoid eye contact” (Hillstrom 69-70).
These accusations caused loss in Hollywood business because Americans began to be fearful that Hollywood was communist and they didn 't want to give any of their money to people who were not of what they believed. Even though some believe that HUAC was the main cause to the Red Scare, I believe Senator Joseph McCarthy caused more of a scare due to his accusations of the United States State Department and government. With all of the events that took place during this time, they all added up to cause a scare in America at the time. I believe that McCarthy was the main cause of the Red Scare because of his accusations of many American people. McCarthy accused American citizens as well as the United States government while HUAC only accused Hollywood