The Crucible And Mccarthyism Analysis

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Both pieces are about the McCarthy hearings in the early fifties. Miller wrote The Crucible while the anti-communist movement was still in high gear, so he hid, or partially hid, his protest in the Salem witch trials during which, a person was guilty until he proved himself innocent, and all it took was an accusation. Good Night and Good Luck was put together many years after the HUAC hearings, and indeed McCarthy had already been censured by the Senate and had died. So, the writers and producers were safe and didn't have to have a secret agenda. The girls in The Crucible lied and so did McCarthy. The members of the committee continued on their quest because it gave them public exposure and power over the lives of people. Danforth and the…show more content…
By comparing the periods of the Salem Witch trials in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and the era of McCarthyism in the film Good Night and Good Luck, I can say that these two periods were essentially the same, only the name of the threat was different. Also I can draw some parallels between the relationship between the Estonians and the Russians during nowadays. First similarity is the spreading of paranoia and terror among the society. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, people were afraid, that their fellow members of the society were witches. Terror and panic rose in the Salem community as the paranoia and terror about the communists did in the era of McCarthyism during the late 1940s to the late 1950s. Because of terror, people behaved irrationally and foolishly, which led to imprisonment of many innocent people. Both, the Witch Trials and the Red Terror spread thanks to the snowball effect. McCarthyism and the general terror of the soviets came from the affairs of Igor Gouzenko and Elizabeth Bentley, which raised the public’s conscience about the threat and the general terror spread across the US. In the Crucible, the paranoia and fear about the witches spread after the unexplainable illnesses of number of local
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