Miller criticized those contemporary instances by representing them in the play as characters and events. “Name calling” by the characters who in reality took the empowerment for their own benefit or desires are used as criticism for the society in fear of Communism. Insecurities of the officials who are in fear that they might have made wrongful accusations, but continued their falsehood to retain authority, and accused ones that act against their authority are a criticism of the leaders at the time. Moreover, by facilitating the idea of “guilt by association”, Miller shows how people are accused without evidences, and are forced to testify so they can save their own lives. Before the House Committee of the Un-American Activities are formed, names of “Un-American”, or communists are called (1).
Arthur Miller used his own experiences with McCarthyism to write the play The Crucible. McCarthyism is the intense opposition contouring fear and or suspicion of communism particular in the United States during the 1950’s. This was McCarthy’s own invention to keep him in office. McCarthy accused a lot of people including Miller of being communist. This was very big at the time.
The misconceptions and false interpretations the press portrayed through television, news papers, and photographs played a major roll in shaping the support the US military had from its own people. Many contributors, such as Walter Cronkite and Edward Adams, of the press damaged the support of the US people due to bias, negative, and misconstrued interpretations of the Tet Offensive. The media portrayed Tet as a North Vietnamese victory, which countered Westmorland’s portrayal of Tet and made US citizens doubt Johnson’s previous statements made regarding the war in campaigns before Tet. The media affected the American public’s opinion of the war in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive to a great
Many others however, as in the story Death of a Salesman, view it as something that has to be achieved in order to be successful. The play takes issues with those in America who place too much pressure on gaining, rather than more worthy principles/values. The American society is symbolized by Miller’s work and shows us how a dream could turn into a nightmare. Arthur Miller’s, Death of a Salesman, depicts the author’s life and the psychological problems that brings the collapse of
I do not feel that Joseph McCarthy should be considered a patriot. He used his position to create fear in people about communism. He made attacks against people without proof and stated that the democrats had been responsible for twenty years of treason. Joseph McCarthy headed a subcommittee in which he badgered witnesses cruelly, often ruining careers. He, McCarthy was never able to produce actual evidence of actual communism.
Another reason to why America is to blame is after the success of the atomic bomb the members of the Grand Alliance began to see changes in Truman’s behaviour as he started to control the meetings they had and Stalin refused to be bossed around so arguments between Stalin and Truman started, they started. The USSR is to blame for the breakdown of the Grand Alliance for many reasons. One reason is that the USSR wanted to impose big respirations on Germany but America and Great Britain refused as they knew how it would affect Germany and could cause another war. A second reason is that Stalin wanted most of Europe to become communist, Roosevelt and Churchill didn’t agree. After Truman became Americas new President there was a lot of tension at the Potsdam Conference.
History has shown that conflict begins as a result of individuals, groups and even nation’s desires to their needs, beliefs and interests. In times of conflict, the relationships between one another can lead to potential possibilities. The tension created by the Cold Vietnam War against the North and the South on December 1956 to the fall of Saigon on 30th April 1975, has created many complications. Vietnam was a country overrun by ruthless northern dictators to change the country into a land ruled by communism in which contrasted the ideas of the South. Families, relatives and friends have lost their home and the effect of this conflict has in turn permanently scared the minds of the innocence.
He says that “with Tet, the Government of Vietnam had won a major battle for the hearts and minds of the South Vietnamese” which is a statement I find to be criminally wrong, not only because of the reasons pre-mentioned but because he has hindsight. This was clearly the point that swung the pendulum in favour of the North Vietnamese Communists. It showed the people of the South that these people were prepared to die in the open for their cause, that they would attempt a suicide mission in order to convey their point. This is what I believe not only scared the South Vietnamese but what made them question the Americans, and their own Government. To find an example of this I would perhaps look to the way in which the communist regime engulfed all of Vietnam within eighteen months of American forces leaving, it perhaps begs the thought that some of the South Vietnamese had already accepted and embraced communism.
There is no doubt there are many factors that changed the way the narrator thought of society. He faces psychological problems because society sets him out to be a felon. Sometimes he plays into that role and other times he represses his feelings because he knows the consequences of his actions. Alexie suggests that after the history of Native Americans in America, Indians learned to adapt to new environments the best they could. On the Contrary to the narrator failed to accomplish this idea when he started to have bad dreams.
Milk, Gus Van Sant 1a) The film Milk portrays an important political history in America against the homosexuals in the 1970’s, seeing this film and the struggles that homosexuals had to fight for their human rights and political equality makes myself, who’s not sensitive about the issue, change my political sensibilities. 2a) -1 The ignorance about homosexuality has become more exposed as they described that being gay could get them fired, beaten up, or even killed. -2 To plan on having to root out every homosexual, simply describes a person who is insecure and cannot accept homosexuality. -3 A debate regarding the Proposition 6 between Supervisor Harvey Milk and Senator John Briggs indicates that Proposition 6 is more on hating the gays, rather than the concern for the children they are “trying” to protect. 3a) -1 When the homosexuals along with the heterosexuals were rioting for their social and political view.