Essay on The Crucible Rhetorical Analysis

900 Words Feb 4th, 2014 4 Pages
The Crucible Rhetorical Analysis
In a society where the thoughts and opinions of people are meant to blend in, a division actually occurs where they are usually separated because of their opinions. The play and the event, The Crucible and the “Red Scare” respectively, supply greatly to the difference of opinion because it shows that people are willing to do anything to not only oust the people that they dislike, but try and obtain the attention that they are seeking. During the “Red Scare,” McCarthy targets the issue of communism in the United States of America in order to become the favorable candidate for re-election as well as obtaining the attention that he desired. This event parallels with Abigail Williams, from Arthur Miller’s
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Abigail was able to convince the listeners that Tituba made her “drink blood,” (Miller 847). Abigail could get almost anyone in the town to listen to her talk about witchcraft just like McCarthy could get just about anyone to listen to his rambles about the Communist Party during the “Red Scare.” The manipulators virtually assumed the center of attention; McCarthy for his talent to pull figures and numbers into his rambles on communism and Abigail for her talent to become the ringleader of the band of girls that are “jangling the keys to the castle,” (Miller 860). McCarthy and Abigail also had to avoid the heavy suspicion that came from their adversaries such as the Democratic Party and John Proctor respectfully. McCarthy had to start manipulating his followers’ minds by slandering the good names of the people in office and Abigail had to manipulate the girls into working with her in order to help accuse the innocent of witchcraft. As McCarthy holds up the “205” names on his “list,” a feeling of fear and a larger question about communism shrieked out among the US. The fact that communism was something to fear was always known by McCarthy and he exploited that knowledge in order to benefit himself. Abigail was crafted as a direct parallel to McCarthy in the sense of how easy it was for both of them to take control of any situation, lie, and cause other people to suffer. As Abigail and Senator McCarthy were both rather innocent before their lies started,

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