Adrian H. Kim
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…show more content… This ruined the lives of many. The residents of Salem were considerable offenders regarding false accusations directed towards others, whether it was in the trade of greed. (Applebee et al. 181-182) During the era of the witch hunts individuals would lie and accuse innocent men and women of witchcraft. None of the accusations were ever proven with legitimate evidence, only through word of mouth. However just word of mouth was more than enough to arrest someone. During the time of the Red Scare, the false charges were no different this was when the Hollywood Ten list was created. During this time many Hollywood actors and writers were attacked for allegedly being part of communist parties, which in turn crippled their careers; this was the most notable incident known as the Hollywood Ten. The Hollywood Ten essentially was a blacklist of Hollywood actors and writers. Arthur Miller in no way was excluded from the accusations, through McCarthyism; he as well was prosecuted for apparently being a communist after he would not comply in his trial. This whole fiasco of alleged witchcraft and communism destroyed the lives of many as seen in both of the after effects of The Crucible and McCarthyism. During the Salem Witch Trials the guilty were almost guaranteed an execution, if they were falsely accused. In the time of the Red Scare, people did not lose their lives rather they lost their jobs and social…show more content… Paranoia and Hysteria infected the people of The United States and Salem just as the Bubonic plague infected the Eurasia’s. In the words of Arthur Miller, “I do think that most things end badly.”
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