The Crucible and McCarthyism

1128 WordsFeb 24, 20184 Pages
"In the blood-heat of pursuing the enemy, many people are forgetting what we are fighting for. We are fighting for our hard-won liberty and freedom; for our Constitution and the due processes of our laws; and for the right to differ in ideas, religion and politics. I am convinced that in your zeal to fight against our enemies, you, too, have forgotten what you are fighting for." (Julia Child, My Life in France) This is true! McCarthyism is one of many practices that came into existence and caused turmoil among the American society. Just like any practice, McCarthyism did have a mass impact on the lives of many people, but more specifically one literary by the name of Arthur Miller. McCarthyism affected him as a human being which in turn was reflected in his writings. McCarthyism was named after Joseph McCarthy, and it meant "ruinous accusation without any basis in evidence." (Henry Popkin 139). Miller had been a victim of McCarthyism and this is what made him think of writing The Crucible. The Second Red Scare was known as "McCarthyism". The time that the Second Red Scare took place was in World War I. Through The Crucible, Miller talked about the American society of the seventeenth century. "The Crucible was a bold as well as a timely play, written at a time when the congressional investigators had power to do considerable damage." (Henry Popkin 140). It stressed the phenomenon about a series of radical trials that took place during the period of McCarthyism. Thus making
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