The Symbols Of Mccarthyism In Arthur Miller's The Crucible

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Even if someones was telling out the truth, still they would end of in jail or be accused because of how unfair the world could be. The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller in the 1950s. The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. The author was inspired by the aspects of McCarthyism in the 1950s. Arthur Miller focused on the inequality of the Salem witch trials and how intense attitude can lead up to unexpected results. Miller’s used this to show the similarities between the 1692 unreasonable witch hunt trial and his life in the 1950s during the Red Scare. The Crucible is a symbol of the Red Scare because both The Crucible and “The Great Fear” were accused the innocents and put them into trouble even when they were truthful. The Crucible was based on the historical account of the Salem witch trials. This play is about pursuing others and wrecking their lives by not having any proof of their guilt. Besides suffering and the unreasonable punishment for their actions, the girls accused other citizens of Salem for practicing witchcraft. The girls in Salem bypass the discipline by accusing others of which they were guilty. In McCarthyism, people were afraid that the communist would spread informations out to the foreign countries. “The government is full of Communists. We can hammer away at them” (200). The Crucible all started when Abigail Williams, the accuser stated, “I saw Goody Hawkins with the Devil!” (51). Abigail stated this because she was
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