Essay on The Salem Witch Trials And The Crucible

1856 Words Dec 17th, 2015 8 Pages
Imagine living in a society where everyone is scared for their lives and the innocent lie to keep themselves safe. During the times of the Red Scare and the Salem witch trials, this was common everyday life. The Salem witch trials consisted of events which accused the innocent of being witches. Similarly, throughout the McCarthyism era, innocent people were accused of being communists with no solid proof. The Salem witch trials initiated in the spring of 1692, “after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft.” (www.history.com). Around 3,000 years later, the Red Scare began. In the 1950s, just after World War II, many Americans were afraid of communists entering their country. The government, seeing this as an issue, set up groups to target the communists. “One of the main tactics used at the federal level was the creation of various investigative committees.” (www.ohiohistorycentral.org) The events in Arthur Miller 's The Crucible can easily be compared to the events during the period of McCarthyism, illustrating the allegory of The Crucible.
Usually when incidents occur, they need to have some form of catalyst. The beginning of each event can be connected through their ringleaders. Both have groups who instigated trouble, The Crucible and the Red Scare can be compared.
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