These continuous accusations went on until the original list of over 200 grew to almost 10,000. In The Crucible, many people were accused of practicing witchcraft. Both the McCarthy Era and the Salem Witch Trials display the danger of collective hysteria, the speed of rumors, and the inability of accusers to stop the accusations once they have started. Then people realized that there was no proof. There are many similarities and differences… 1327 Words 6 Pages that history no longer matters because it is in the past, the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism are prime examples of how history constantly repeats itself and influence how we live today for the reason that both historic eras consist of the following: they have similar history, connect in significant ways, and include comparable situations and themes that are evident today effecting us on a daily bases whether or not we realize.
McCarthyism was one of those cases that changed history, likewise the Salem Witch Trials. In less than a year, some 200 people are accused of witchcraft, nearly 20 of which were condemned to death. If the public could express their opinions about the government without their fears about being labeled a Communist, an event such as the Vietnam War may have not taken place. The Doll: The doll found on Elizabeth Proctor's shelf is a traditional symbol of voodoo and witchcraft. Miller could see that it was a vicious cycle, and he was able to make a connection between the events from both time periods.
Between February 1692 to May 1693, America witnessed something that can purely be described as a massacre. Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible in response to The McCarthy Hearings. Miller took creative license with historical events in The Crucible to create a blatant comparison to the contemporary events of his time. By 1954, the fervor had died down and many actors and writers were able to return to work. Old grudges and jealousies spilled out into the open, fueling the atmosphere of hysteria.
Feel free to share your own interpretation of The Crucible in the comments section. Proctor was regarded by the people of Salem as an honest, hard-working, family man. The American Government and the American public were terrified at the prospect of communism becoming prominent in their society. The Hollywood Ten McCarthy vs. What lead to McCarthy's downfall? The happenings in the play The Crucible by were eerily reminiscent of those during the period of McCarthyism.
The Puritans considered witchcraft to be a horrifying and fearful thing. This play is packed full of different themes and quotes I would love to use in this essay but I can't use them all. Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! In 1950 McCarthy announced in a political speech that he had a list of 200 confirmed communists working for the U. In one instance Senator Joseph McCarthy keep evidence supplied in a trial in a secret envelope. It is common for humans to fear change and what is unknown, in the play The Crucible this is witchcraft and the devil, in more recent times it can be seen in post World War Two and Cold War United States, through McCarthyism. It is a common belief that witch hunts are things of the past. Similarly, John Proctor wanted to expose Abigail Williams for the fraud she was and save innocent people from being killed s a result of their apparent guilt, particularly his wife.
The same was true for Senator McCarthy in the Senate. Once their reputation was lost he would hold a hearing to convict them of communism. Nineteen people were sentenced to death by the state government because of all the villagers that accused each other of being possessed by the devil. In addition to the witch hunts, there was also McCarthyism as well as the Boston desegregation of public schools. From the experiences, political and social cognizance and historical fact, Miller have built.
McCarthyism was fueled by the fear of the communists taking over and a potential nuclear war. It was found that there were only a few differences between the people and their actions in both time periods and many of these were quite inconsequential in the end. In both cases, if they were not the accusers, then they would have been the accused themselves. The parallels between The Crucible and McCarthyism are naming names, the lack of…. Daniel Day-Lewis, Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor 672 Words 3 Pages In the play, The Crucible, the symbolism of the characters play a very important role that go along with the time era of McCarthyism. In both cases the antagonists influence their trials greatly.
The McCarthy era was epitomized by the fear of Communism that Senator McCarthy whipped up. The crucible is set during the Salem witch trails and it centers on a young girl, Abigail Williams, and her quest to meet all of her selfish desires. He switched from the Democratic party and became the Republican Party candidate in an election to become a circuit court judge. In The Crucible, local people accuse women and men in Salem of witchcraft. The unfathomable sickness spurred fears of witchcraft, and it was not long before the girls, and then many other residents of Salem, began to accuse other villagers of consorting with devils and casting spells. Miller was aware of that and linked it to the people involved in H. Many of the communist and anarchist ideas were developed around and because of the war.