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The Crucible and the McCarthy Era

analytical Essay
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Arthur Miller's The Crucible, depicts the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 but is analogous to the McCarthy trials of the 1950s. In both situations, widespread hysteria occurs, stemming from existing fears of the people of that particular era. The Salem witchhunt trials parallel the McCarthy era in three major aspects: unfounded accusations, hostile interrogation of numerous innocent people and the ruination and death of various people's lives.

The unfounded accusations that Joseph McCarthy and the girls in The Crucible make are what fuels the widespread hysteria in both situations. McCarthy is quoted as declaring in a speech, "I have here in my hand a list of 205 that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who, nevertheless, are still working and shaping policy in the State Department." This is the first of the many unwarranted charges that he claims. The girls in The Crucible, all make unwarranted charges against people for witchcraft, especially Abigail Williams. The leader of the accusations, she accuses various people from Elizabeth Proctor to Tituba. Joseph McCarthy and the girls earn the respect and awe of the people, instead of being riduculed for their unfounded accusations.

The hostile interrogation of numerous innocent people occurs during both time periods. During the McCarthy trials, the inquisitors attempt to use slippery tactics to implicate...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how arthur miller's the crucible depicts the salem witchcraft trials of 1692 but is analogous to the mccarthy trials in the 1950s.
  • Analyzes how the unfounded accusations that mccarthy and the girls in the crucible make fuel the widespread hysteria in both situations.
  • Analyzes how the hostile interrogation of numerous innocent people occurred during both time periods. during the mccarthy trials, the inquisitors attempted to use slippery tactics to implicate the accused.
  • Opines that the ruination and deaths of various people of the mccarthy trials and the salem witchhunt are appalling.
  • Explains that the salem witchcraft trials are similar to the mccarthy trials in three aspects: unfounded accusations, hostile interrogation of numerous innocent people, and the ruination and death of various people's lives. arthur miller has written the crucible, not for historical accuracy but rather, as an outlet for his sentiments
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