What Are The Similarities Between Salem Witch Trials And The Era Of Mccarthyism

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As the Italian philosopher George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” The only way to prevent history from repeating itself is to make sure people are educated about past events. If people are able to understand why something went wrong, they will be less likely to make the same mistakes again. This is exactly why Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible; he wanted to educate his readers about what had happened during the Salem Witch Trials to bring awareness to the fact that history was repeating itself during the era of McCarthyism. There are many similarities between the Salem Witch Trials and the era of McCarthyism in regard to the paranoia and the way suspects were falsely accused, and Miller wanted …show more content…

In the story, a group of girls are caught dancing in the woods by Reverend Parris. Of those girls are his daughter Betty and niece Abigail. In order to avoid getting in trouble with her father, Betty falls into a ‘deep slumber’ and pretends to lay lifeless. This causes a chaos in the Puritan village. Everyone believes that this is an act of the Devil and doesn’t even slightly think of the other possibilities that could be really happening. Rebecca Nurse and Reverend Hale believe that it is just a childish act to avoid punishment for breaking the Puritan ways. Eventually, Betty awakens after Tituba, the slave, accuses several random women of witchcraft in order to avoid punishment herself for conjuring spirits. Betty and the girls all then begin naming more and more innocent women and accusing them of being with the Devil. Many innocent people are punished and hung for crimes they did not commit because the people of the village were so deeply invested in their fundamental Puritan ways and did not believe any of the children would ever lie. Lying would have been a sin and the children are always innocent. There’s no way a child of god could possibly lie, right? Wrong. All of death and destruction of the village was caused by lying children and a group of people unable to break their conservative and fanatic

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