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Compare ways in which the authors of two texts you have studied this year explore the idea that it is difficult to get a fair go in life. The film Goodnight and Good-luck and the play, The Crucible

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"Compare ways in which the authors of two texts you have studied this year explore the idea that it is difficult to get a fair go in life." The play, "The Crucible", was set in Salem, Massachusetts, in the 16th century. This is a period made famous for the witch trials that took place in the town. The film "Goodnight and Good-luck", was set in America during the 1950's shortly after television had made its debut. The two pieces both explore issues surrounding injustice, an individual's credibility and people's reputations and reactions to information put forward. In Arthur Miller's play, "The Crucible", there are many ways in which people are portrayed in negative aspects from those in authority. The witch trials that took place were based mainly upon false accusations from Abigail Williams against a whole host of individuals, the main one being Elizabeth Proctor. These allegations formed the basis for the witch trials to commence, with more people accused of witchcraft as the trials ventured further. For those accused, the punishments they faced, more or less meant that their fair go at life was diminished, given that there were no redeeming paths for justice. ...read more.

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He then made this comment: "Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and I sign lies to myself! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them hang! How can I not live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave my name!" The Crucible Act Four, Page 124. The judges did not take kindly to this comment and decided that he must have been lying and subsequently came to the conclusion that he must hang. In the end, he managed to successfully defend Elizabeth, however, in the process he dirtied his own name and was subsequently sentenced to death. In George Clooney's "Goodnight and Good-luck", one main portrayal of injustice occurred as a result of United States Military actions against an air force officer named Milo Radulovich, whose father allegedly had connections to the communist movement in the United States. He was asked to resign his position in the air force as a result of his father's past actions, as he was considered a risk to national security even though he himself had not committed any offences and had a clean slate. ...read more.

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These campaigns publicly accused Edward Murrow of taking sides and publicly broadcasting his views without knowing the whole story. The accusations were later backed up by Senator McCarthy appearing on "See it now", on which he made further efforts to discredit Murrow, however these efforts did not go down well with the viewers and bought a further decline in his popularity. In the end Milo was reinstated, and McCarthy's popularity was at an all - time low. In conclusion, from both pieces of literature, we can see clearly that injustice handed down upon people from authorities, and the way people who tried to defend how the victims were treated, reduced their chance at a fair go in life. In each case, those originally accused, Elizabeth Proctor and Milo Radulovich, were let off the hook and their fair go at life restored. However, Edward Murrow and John Proctor suffered as a result of it. Edward Murrow managed to win over the public opinion, thus restoring an element of quality to his life but, John Proctor lost his life as a result of the trials, thus eliminating any chance he had at a fair go in life. ...read more.

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