The Salem Witch Trials And Mccarthyism Essay

1113 Words Jan 5th, 2016 5 Pages
People say history is learned to make sure the same mistakes are not repeated. However, this is not the case for American history; in America, citizens have experienced similar negative events. For instance, the Salem Witch Trials occurred in the 1690s, and McCarthyism arose in the 1950s. These time periods both involve people inaccurately accusing others, being put on trial, and often having innocent citizens punished or put to death. Arthur Miller saw how unfair and unreasonable the government was being, when he was one of the many individuals to be called to Congress to give a list of suspicious people. Due to his experiences in the 1950s, Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible to portray the similarities between the Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism. Through his historical research of the Salem Witch Trials, Miller found many similarities between that time, and his own era. “Miller drove…to research letters, diaries and court records relating to the Salem witch trials of 1692, a murky period in New England history that resulted in the detention of more than 200 people…” (Brater 1). He found that both time periods were filled with bias judges and interrogators who were of high ranking and the people believed much of what they said. In The Crucible, Judge Danforth asks a series of questions to Proctor in the court: “Have you seen the devil?...Are you in all respects a Gospel Christian?...Do you read the Gospel?” (Miller 1192). From these questions, it is clear that Danforth…

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