Essay on Mccarthyism in the Crucible/1984

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McCarthyism in The Crucible / 1984

Throughout history millions of people have found themselves to be guilty for crimes they

did not commit , with little to no evidence, and suffered the consequences of being scorned,

arrested, and tortured , also known as McCarthyism. One can clearly see that McCarthyism is

evident in both the play “The Crucible” and the novel 1984 by George Orwell, although

conveyed a bit differently, one can also find similarities between The Crucible and 1984

regarding McCarthyism.

The Crucible and 1984 share some similarities when it comes to McCarthyism. Both in

Salem, Massachusetts and the country of Oceania, it’s residents had to follow strict laws without

question. For example, in
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Orwell on the other hand tries to show that if we don’t question our government or head of states for every decision they make, it could be a fatal mistake because once they have

got control of everything; as demonstrated in the 1984, there it is nearly impossible to change

things to the way it was. Rebellion was shown by Winston even though he knew there was no

change he could bring by going against the party. In 1984 Winston tried to stand up for what was

right, but it was no use because the party was much stronger than one person, Winston himself.

Unlike Proctor who had his free will and made his own decision to die trying, Winston didn’t

have a choice of not rebelling as he didn’t have the same free will that Proctor had. Both the

Crucible and 1984 concerns with society, in The Crucible it shows that people were free in its

society, while in 1984, it shows that individual free will was a danger to the party and was

not allowed in its society.

In Conclusion , it is clear that McCarthyism is evident in both the play “The Crucible”

and the novel 1984 although conveyed a bit differently one can find some similarities regarding

McCarthyism in both readings. In both The Crucible and 1984 , it’s residents must follow strict

laws affecting their everyday life. Failure to abide by them

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