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Examples Of Scapegoats In The Crucible And Mccarthyism

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Scapegoats in The Crucible and McCarthyism
Sometimes people get blamed for wrongdoings that they did not participate in. This was shown in Salem, Massachusetts, during the salem witch trials in the play The Crucible. The play was based in 1692, when a community of Puritans started accusing each other of of being witches and wizards. Innocent people that did not practice witchcraft were getting hanged and accused of being witches. Scapegoats have also been used in modern day with McCarthyism, which was a campaign against communist. Many people were blacklisted and lost their jobs even though many of these people did not belong to the communist party. This took place in 1950-1954 carried out by Senator Joseph McCarthy. Using scapegoats blames innocent people for wrongdoings, and accuses people of wrong doings.
Innocent people were accused and blamed for witchcraft, in The Crucible and with McCarthyism, people that didn't practice communism were accused anyways. In The Crucible, Elizabeth Proctor was accused by Abigail, the reason she did so is because she wanted to be with John Proctor, Elizabeth’s husband. The proof they used was, ¨´Tis hard proof! I find here a poppet Goody Proctor keeps. I have found it, sir. And in the belly of the poppet a needle’s stuck¨ (Miller 78?). The truth of the matter, is that Mary Warren is the one that put the needle in the poppet. They used false and wrong evidence to say that Elizabeth was a witch. This was also shown in the article
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