The Hollywood Blacklist In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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My response: The Hollywood Blacklist was an event that occurred in America where some people who worked in Hollywood were accused of working with the communists. According to an article published by Online Highways LLC, the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) brought in many Hollywood writers, producers, and directors to question (Hollywood Blacklist). Then, according to an article published by A&E Television Networks, a notable group of 10 people who were brought in for questioning directly challenged the HUAC’s authority to question people about communist involvement, which forced them to spend a year in prison, pay a $1,000 fine, and become blacklisted so that they couldn’t work on any future Hollywood projects (“Hollywood Ten”). Their defiance was very controversial, since some people saw them as heroic people who stood up against McCarthyism and the Red Scare, while others felt that they needed to be punished for being admitted communists.
Discuss the following questions with your group, using the research you have done, the DBQ you studied, and your understanding of the play, The Crucible. Attach another piece of paper if needed.
In an allegorical sense, what are some similarities/differences between Miller’s time period and the time in which the play is set? My response:Because Miller wrote The Crucible as a social commentary on the effects of the Red Scare, he uses the entire play as an allegory to how the scare for communists combined with flaws
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