Essay on The Crucible Rhetorical Analysis

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The Crucible Rhetorical Analysis
In a society where the thoughts and opinions of people are meant to blend in, a division actually occurs where they are usually separated because of their opinions. The play and the event, The Crucible and the “Red Scare” respectively, supply greatly to the difference of opinion because it shows that people are willing to do anything to not only oust the people that they dislike, but try and obtain the attention that they are seeking. During the “Red Scare,” McCarthy targets the issue of communism in the United States of America in order to become the favorable candidate for re-election as well as obtaining the attention that he desired. This event parallels with Abigail Williams, from Arthur Miller’s
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As the investigation went on, McCarthy sat back as he gained fame and his victims suffered from his vicious lies. Abigail and McCarthy both tried to use pre-existing fear as an exploit in order to help build their fame: Abigail wants the attention; and McCarthy, the recognition. In the play Abigail started the malevolent lie just so she could achieve one simple goal: the disposal of Elizabeth Proctor and the start of a spectacle. As the play states, “John—I am waitin’ for you every night,” (Miller 838). Abigail obviously wants to make Elizabeth look like witch material in order to eliminate Elizabeth and grant Abigail the spotlight that she wants. This shows that Abigail, much like McCarthy, has a motive when it comes to using fears and exploits to deceive the town of Salem. At the same time, Senator McCarthy wants to use the existence of communism in order to help build his fame so he can easily be re-elected. Williams and McCarthy both show that when there is a weakness or a fear in the system or the society; they had to get in the opportunistic strike at the perfect moment in order to get the maximum amount of attention possible. During the time of the “Red Scare” McCarthy stated that he “loved to manipulate people,” (Oakley 207). He was able to “swagger” in the meeting and he knew that he could stir up “turmoil and confusion” at a moment’s notice. Once

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