Crucible Essay

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Adrian H. Kim Melissa Hernandez English 11 Honors 12 December 2013 Parallelisms between the Salem Witch Trials and the Red Scare Human beings are very fickle. Human beings can never just simply stand strong for what they believe; when push came to shove there was little to no doubt that most citizens would throw out their morals and logic to climb on the bandwagon of the masses. Even if human beings have the greatest connection with something, they can easily come to detest it just because of external forces. This is exactly what happened in Salem during the Witch Hunts, as well as in the American era of the Red Scare. People turned on each other; fear slowly took over the minds of the people, and they pushed false accusations on each other. As stated before humans are very unstable. Without a seconds notice they can turn on one another in times of great – no matter the relationship. Abigail Williams and John Proctor, two people with the most intimate relationship, betrayed each other when put under social pressures of the court. (Applebee et al. 220-221) Before the people of Salem were put to trial, Proctor wanted to disassociate himself from Abigail. He wanted to forget what occurred between them. Abigail on the other hand, did not wish for the two of them to part ways, so she did everything within her power to make sure they would not part ways. In the end when Proctor and Abigail went to testify in court, they could not avoid clashing with each other and ruining what relationship they had prior. Elia Kazan and Arthur Miller were not so different from Abigail and Proctor, when it came to their circumstances during the era of the Red Scare in the United States. Prior to their fall out, Kazan and Miller retained a great relationship, Miller wrote a screenplay for Kazan, and Kazan directed two of Miller’s plays. They were practically brothers. This bond soon

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