The Salem Witch Hunts And The Mccarthy Hearings Of The 1950 ' S

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1. The Salem witch hunts in 1692 and the McCarthy hearings of the 1950’s are very similar. The Salem witch hunts were a period in time where people were accusing each other of conjuring the devil to save their own name. In The Crucible, Abigail accuses others in order to save herself from being charged of witchcraft. Early on the play Abigail proclaims, ‘I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!’ (Miller 48). In the quote, Abigail is feigning that when she was with the devil these people were as well. Abigail is not the only person who made such accusations. Some of the accused dishonestly admitted to being acquainted with the devil. After doing so they would repent of their sins and accuse others of witchcraft. It was a vicious cycle of accusations. During the McCarthy hearings people were falsely accused of being communist. The wrongly accused were tried and their good names were ruined. In both historical accounts, people were falsely accused and disorder came about due to fears and lies.
2. A tragedy is defined as “a play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character.” The Crucible is a tragedy, because it dealt with the tragic events of the Salem witch hunts and Proctor was killed in the end. ‘Because I cannot have another life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How…

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