McCarthyism and The Crucible

?Thierry Radloff
Sophomore English
Ms. Burdette

McCarthyism and The Crucible

Arthur Miller's The Crucible is a play in which a village called Salem becomes plagued by McCarthyism, a campaign with the sole purpose of accusing others of an "invisible" crime they had never committed. McCarthyism is truly evil because the accused cannot be easily defended, due to the lack of evidence that he or she did not commit this invisible crime, and the general public's fears, which caused great hysteria and led to them not requiring any evidence. This is why McCarthyism and the Salem witch trials were so unjust. Most of the characteristics of McCarthyism can also be seen in the Salem ...

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the accusations made. "Proctor: 'Who charged her?' Cheever: 'Why Abigail Williams charge her.'

Proctor: 'On what proof, what proof?' " (Miller 73) As seen in this quote, Elizabeth was charged for being a witch by Abigail, with no proof whatsoever. Yet, due to the village's great hysteria over witchcraft and compacting with the devil, which they were highly against because they were very pious, any claims, true or false, were regarded as true. This made it very unjust for those who minded their own businesses and had nothing to do with witchcraft whatsoever. A clear parallel can be drawn to McCarthyism as seen in the following passage in which McCarthy accuses several innocent people without evidence: " 'I have here in my hand a list of 205,' McCarthy announced as he waved a laundry list, 'a list of names known to the Secretary of state as being members of the communist party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy.' Although he could not produce evidence to ...

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