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Similarities between the Crucible and McCarthyism

The Crucible is a play that explains the story of the Salem Witch Delusion.Arthur Miller, the acclaimed playwright, is the author of this performance.McCarthyism played a vast role in the creation of The Crucible.Many parallels were drawn between the play and the Red Scare.
The Red Scare was a period of general fear of the communists dating back to the Cold War.Abigail Williams and Joseph McCarthy are similar in that they are all trying to draw a crowd of people astray.Both individuals accused innocent people of wrongdoings for their own selfish intentions; Abigail to gain the "love" of John Proctor and Joseph to be re-elected for senator.In both cases, if they were not the accusers, then they would have been the accused themselves.
Senator Joseph McCarthy got a lot of his support from the F.B.I. as well as his dear friend J. Edgar Hoover.They trailed the entertainment industry with great vigor to put on trial.Arthur Miller was one of these people being accused of illegal un-American activity.He admitted he was present at a small number of informal Communist Party meetings but did not say anyone else's names who attended them when asked.
McCarthy had many predicaments that he had covered up so the public would not have seen the "real" him.He was married only so that society would not know that he was truly a homosexual, and he was also an appalling alcoholic.McCarthy's fellow bureaucrats would not dare accuse him of anything for if they did, they would end up being accused because of his great social power.This draws yet another parallel to The Crucible that when Mary Warren accuses Abigail of fraud, she finds herself being accused of witchcraft.Arthur Miller was once asked a question about assessing the two occurrences together and he responded, "The political question… of whether witches and communists could be equated was no longer to the point. What was mani…

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