The Crucible: An Allegory Of The Mccarthy Era

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McCarthyism In The Crucible written by Authur Miller, based on an event that happened during 1692 at Salem, Massachusetts. The Salem witch-hunt happened during the time of paranoia, the event resulted in chaos. People turn to death to avoid the agonizing torture and pain. The Crucible by Authur Miller is an allegory for the Red Scare in the McCarthy Era because it both showed the terror with the public, broken government system, and the greed with people’s desires and motives. This book best represents the Red Scare in the McCarthy Era.

The first reason why The Crucible is an allegory for the Red Scare is that it showed the fear to the public. During the McCarthy Era, the public result there fear to hate.
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People abuse their power, leading to horrible outcomes. For instance, in the McCarthyism article, states “”Joseph McCarthy was known for finding, and exposing American communist.” Otherwise, his motive at first could have been wanting to stop communist, but this showed how famous he became for doing so. This shows that his motive could have change for his own greed and desire for fame. In The Crucible, judge Danforth gave out harsh punishments. At first he wanted to help get rid of witchcraft, but by the end of the book he didn’t even know where to tell right and from wrong. This all just shows how too much power can be dangerous, for both judge Danforth and Joseph McCarthy.

In conclusion, The Crucible by Authur Miller is an allegory for the Red Scare in the McCarthy Era because it both showed the, broken government system, people’s greedy motives, and the paranoia within the public. The Crucible was a representation of the Red Scare, showing what kind of effects the witch-hunt did, and just how similar Red Scare was to it. This a reminder for us to stop these tragic events from happening

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