The Crucible : An Allegory For The Red Scare

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Throughout history people have had fears of a group or culture that they believe are evil, or are a threat. In the 1600?s people feared witchcraft because they believed that it was evil. This belief is not very different from the 1950?s beliefs when Americans feared Communism, and big government taking over their lives.[endnoteRef:2] Many Americans also feared the threat of Black Americans being equal in status to White Americans during the Civil Rights movement. Although the crucible takes place in 1692, Salem, it reflects the concerns of 1950?s American life and is an allegory for the Red Scare, and Homosexuality. [2: Wall, Wendy. "Anti-Communism in the 1950s." www.gilderlehrman.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2016. .]

The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, which was a puritan town.[endnoteRef:3] Reverend Parris is praying over his daughter, Betty, who appears to dead.[endnoteRef:4] The townspeople believe that Betty may have had some connection with witchcraft. Parris wishes to have Reverend Hale, who is the expert on witchcraft in the town, visit him.[endnoteRef:5] Parris questions Abigail Williams, Parris? niece and ward, on what she was doing in the forest.[endnoteRef:6] Abigail confesses to dancing near a fire while Tituba sings her Barbados songs, and talks in a strange way.[endnoteRef:7] Abigail claims that Betty fainted in the forest.[endnoteRef:8] Both reverends interrogate Abigail who claims that Tituba may be a witch.[endnoteRef:9] Tituba, a slave,…

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