Similarities Between Mccarthyism And The Crucible

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The McCarthyism and The Crucible In the 1690s and the 1950s, people lived in a long time of great fear and nonsense accusations. In 1950, Joseph McCarthy who was a Republican created a society named “The red scared” known as McCarthyism. Arthur Miller was influenced by this period because he had been convicted of failing to name his communist sympathizers. Therefore, The Crucible was written to be a metaphor of this period. They have some same details and both of them are the consequences of paranoid. Firstly, both periods have false accusations with no evidence. Secondly, people who were accused of have some signals of being in Communist party and a witch, were killed or in jail and those accusations impact to the society. Thirdly, people who live in those periods have a fear of being accused, so they can’t stand up to protect those people accused although they know that there are wrong accusations. The Crucible and the McCarthyism are false accusations and invisible crime. In the Crucible, it begins with Abigail start to accuse Tituba of witchcraft, “Sometimes I wake and find myself standing in the open doorway and not a stitch on my body! I always hear her laughing in my sleep. I hear her singing her Barbados songs and tempting me with” (Miller 44). In the early scene, the accusation of Tituba being witchcraft is a lays foundation of the false justice of the society in Salem. In the later scene, Elizabeth Proctor and Rebecca Nurse started accusing in turn without any

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