Fear Of Communism In Miller's The Crucible

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The McCarthy Era began during the Cold War, which led to suspicion of the Communist country, causing a fear of Communism in the United States. Senator Joseph McCarthy set up witch hunts in search of people who practiced Communism. The people who were accused were given the option of refusing to testify and end up being blacklisted, causing their careers to suffer (something something) or tell McCarthy and the House and accuse others of being Communists. Similarly, in The Crucible, a group of girls fake an illness, frightening their very religious Puritan community, which seems to think the girls are up to some sort of witchcraft. Soon, many others start to accuse innocents of witchcraft and cooperating with the devil, trying to secure their …show more content…
Miller focused on the moral awareness in society during the time of the Cold War. McCarthy was trying to eradicate all of the Communist enthusiasts by throwing them all in jail to protect the people. In The Crucible, Miller shows that Tituba can be easily blamed because she is the minority coming from a foreign country, and is a servant to Reverend Parris. She is the first accused by Abigail Williams, who said “Sometimes I wake and find myself standing in the open doorway and not a stitch on my body! I always hear her laughing in my sleep. I hear her singing her Barbados songs and tempting me with-” (Miller 44). Tituba was the minority, coming from a different country to serve and not knowing much English, which could be perceived as evil in the community. It is sometimes human nature to protect oneself and give no regard for others, because you want to be safe. The people who were accused wanted their own safety, so they took it upon themselves to accuse other innocent people for their own safety. This is linked to the McCarthy Era because the people who were falsely accused had to admit others to secure their safety, but hurt others in the process. In both The Crucible and the McCarthy Era, people were persecuted based on suggestion, and could only clear their names by accusing others of the same crime, which failed for the people in both

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