Similarities Between Mccarthyism And The Crucible

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Witch hunts have been mentioned in the times of McCarthyism and in The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Being put on the list for being a witch like in The Crucible, or being blacklisted in McCarthyism times was not a good thing. McCarthyism and The Crucible are similar in the concept of witch hunts, but the consequences are rather different. During the times of witch hunts in McCarthyism and in The Crucible, people would just assume someone is a witch or communist. The person being accused would be put onto a list, everyone in the town eventually finds out. In The Crucible Mr. Hale makes an excellent point, “No man may longer doubt the powers of the dark are gathered in monstrous attack upon this village. There is too much evidence now to deny …show more content…

Joseph McCarthy puts so many names on his list so people think he’s truly trying to stop communism from spreading. He did this to gain political power rather than lose his power all together. The same goes with Parris. Parris has fear of Betty getting put on the witch list and people thinking his house is corrupted with witches. He doesn’t want to lose his position in the church or job, and of course, he is scared of losing Betty. Not only do McCarthyism and The Crucible have similarities, but they also have some differences. Joseph McCarthy used blacklisting to gain political power, but in The Crucible, Abigail used the witch list to gain power over Elizabeth. Joseph McCarthy invents the idea of the blacklist and has a blank paper, but tells everyone there were multiple names, so the people would stop, and listen to what he had to say. He made the people believe he truly didn’t want, and feared the country becoming a communist country. He got the people to believe he would do anything he could do to stop it, so people assumed he wasn’t a communist. By this plan of his, he began to gain more political power. On the other hand, Abigail used the witch list to try and get closer to John Proctor. Elizabeth caught on to what Abigail was doing and brought it up to John. “And she may dote on it now - I am sure she does - and thinks

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