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Comparing McCarthyism and Miller's The Crucible

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. Comparing McCarthyism and Miller's The Crucible Authors used their literary work to get a point across to the public in the story The Crucible; Arthur Miller used events and characters to show the similarities to McCarthyism which was prevalent in the 1950s. McCarthyism was associated with the period in the United Sates also known as the Second Red Scare. McCarthyism is very similar in the way that Joe McCarthy accused Americans of being communist and in The Crucible people were being accused of being witches. ...read more.

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People lost their jobs and careers went bad and even imprisonment occurred. McCarthy held hearings called the Hollywood Blacklist, which had to do with The House Committee on Un-American Activities and anti- communist activities with the FBI. McCarthyism had great effects on different levels of society, involving conflict and many arguments. This relates to The Crucible in the sense that the way people were acting changed dramatically, different and weird because they knew or thought that witches were around. It destroyed people's relationships, caused chaos in church and separation between people. ...read more.

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In The Crucible some were hung and many were being imprisoned nonstop and everyone was being called a witch, even with no proof. They searched for perverts and ended up in thousands being harassed and denied employment. In The Crucible John Proctor and Abigail had a quiet affair and Abigail wanted John to herself and Elizabeth dead? During court Abigail acted like what John Proctor was saying about how she felt about Elizabeth wasn't true. The word McCarthyism has different meanings and is used in different ways. McCarthyism means aggressively questioning a person's patriotism and making poor accusations. ...read more.

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