Persecutions And Mccarthyism In The Crucible, By Arthur Miller

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The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, was a devastatingly sad, yet intensely interesting study about religious persecution, hysteria, and society. Throughout the world man has seen many cases of these types of phenomena. Some of these cases include, but are not limited to, the Holocaust, the Inquisition, and McCarthyism. Unfortunately, a lot of these beliefs stem from lack of education and antiquated beliefs. The intention of this paper is to prove how the underlying message in The Crucible has a direct relationship to the persecution of Communists and Communist sympathizers, and how it now relates to health care workers being killed in Africa for the belief they are spreading Ebola. The movie The Crucible began with a group of girls dancing, drinking blood and performing witchcraft in the woods. The viewer is then introduced to the story’s antagonist Abagail Williams. The girls were caught performing this ritual by Reverend Parris. To protect themselves, the girls quickly started accusing people in the town of being witches. The town court officials decided …show more content…
BBC news recently published an article covering eight health care workers that were murdered in Guinea. The BBC article went on to say that these healthcare workers were persecuted because the people of Guinea postulated that these workers were in their country spreading the disease as a way for the white man to kill the black man. Some villagers even believed that Ebola did not exist (BBC, 2014). FoxNews wrote that BBC reported treating this virus has become harder because of these beliefs: Complicating efforts is the lack of education in remote areas, where some residents don 't believe the virus exists. Last month, in the same area where the aid workers were killed, people rioted out of fear that workers disinfecting a market were contaminating people. (FoxNews,

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