Comparison Of Arthur Miller's The Crucible And Mccarthyism

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“No-no. There be no unnatural case here.” (Parris, The Crucible Act 1 Line 34) The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller about the Salem Witch Trials. Miller wrote this play as a critique of McCarthyism, but distanced it by using the Salem Witch Trials as the setting. McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of treason without proper evidence. Using the Trials as the setting has strong suits, such as allowing him to compare McCarthyism indirectly and the events related strongly with society, and weaknesses, including the time period being so long-standing that it is not a modern example in their era and the idea of witches is farfetched compared to Communism.
Allowing Miller to relate McCarthyism in a roundabout approach is a huge strength of using this situation. “I would say, you know, McCarthy is actually saying certain lines that I recall the witch hunters saying in Salem.” (Arthur Miller, The Telegraph) In The Crucible, people
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The Salem Witch Trials began in 1672 while the Red Scare started in the late 1940s through the early 1950s. The time difference between the two seems so immense, some could say the two events are not comparable. The Crucible was also not relatable to the 1940s in many ways. The way of life was simply different during the Salem Witch Trials, making it difficult to make the event relatable to the modern day, even with the similarities. Some scenes in The Crucible, such as the courthouse or hanging of the accused, seems nonsensical to the McCarthy Era. The different time periods also chose different types of people to accuse. In The Crucible, it shows the outsiders, like the poor and elderly, getting accused. On the contrary, the well-known were questioned about Communism. Between the roughly 2000 something years, very much had changed, making The Crucible inapplicable and the setting a weak
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