Essay On Mccarthyism In The Crucible

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Arthur Miller wrote the Crucible describing the witch hunts in great detail. The novel was written during a time of great hysteria. The panic that was McCarthyism spread with immense speed, sparing none. The novel itself was filled with many equivalents from 1692 Salem to all America in the 1950’s, when the spread of McCarthyism was at its pinnacle. McCarthyism in the 1950’s was the practice of broadcasting allegations of political treachery or rebellion with inadequate regard to evidence. The events that took place in the 1950’s concerning McCarthyism are what inspired Miller to write his play on the Salem witch trials of 1692. The fear of repeating the horrors of the past pushed him to try and open the eyes of those who seemed to be following a dangerous path. The Crucible and McCarthyism both contain instances of false accusation, wrongly gained power, and mass hysteria. Similarly to the Salem witch trials, McCarthyism started in a time of great fear, but instead of fearing witches that made pacts with the Devil, the people of the 1950’s feared communism. A virtually unheard of senator named Joseph McCarthy was driven into infamy on February 9, 1950, when while at a conference at the Republican women’s group of Wheeling, West Virginia, he accused 205 people in the U.S. State Department of being a part of the communist party. Later, McCarthy claimed to have the names of 57 State Department communists, and called for an investigation. In a place where the fear of such a prospect was already present, the idea that so many high officials…show more content…
Both events contained false accusations, wrongly gained power, and a breakout of mass hysteria. Arthur Miller hoped that his novel would reveal the mistakes society was currently making in the 1950’s and allow society to fix them. Rather or not we improved because of him specifically depends on who you ask, but a better question may be, will it happen

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