Similarities Between Mccarthyism And The Crucible By Arthur Miller

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There are many similarities between McCarthyism and The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Miller writes about what life was like many centuries ago, which is similar to what happened during Miller’s lifetime, in the era of McCarthyism. In The Crucible, characters are falsely accused of being involved in witchcraft, similar to the man hunt for anyone resembling a communist from the McCarthyism era.
The Crucible is a play about the Salem Witch Trials. It takes place in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. The story begins with a few girls, Abigail, Betty, and Tituba dancing in the woods performing a ceremony when Betty becomes very ill. The following day Betty remains ill and another girl named Sara is also reported to being sick. Earlier, Abigail had an affair with a man named John Proctor. During the ceremony, Abigail tried to cast a spell on Elizabeth who is the wife of John Proctor. Reverend Parris saw the girls in the woods, and they told him that they were speaking to the devil and they ultimately confessed to seeing the other women speaking to the devil. At one point Tituba actually confessed to speaking with the Devil and seeing the others do so.
I want to open myself! . . . I want the light of God; I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil”! The girls began to accuse the other women of being…

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