Essay about The Strengthening Simulation of a Weak Society

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Arthur Miller wants to change the way people act toward the McCarthy trials, so he writes The Crucible. It simulates the McCarthy trials through dramatic situations and dynamic and static characters. There are connections that can be made from the communist hunt and The Crucible’s witch hunt. They represent the way Miller sees the society during the trials. In Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, he presents senator McCarthy as the court, the hysteria of the people being claimed a communist as the hysteria of the town being claimed a witch, and the high possibility of being targeted as a communist as the high possibility of being targeted as a witch. According to Miller, the political representatives in the United States were abusing their …show more content…
People who stand around all display the same scared expressions on their faces. Miller indicates that feelings are shared between both societies, these feelings are fear and hysteria. Herblock’s cartoon “Fire” shows a hysterical person with a bucket of water running up a ladder and at the top of the ladder is the torch that demonstrates the power light has over darkness. Clearly the statement it is trying to make is that hysteria can lead to the destruction of light and goodness.The United States at this time was extremely hysterical about the possibility of communists living in the country. McCarthy’s solution to this problem was to go after them, but this causes hysteria among the people. His actual motive was stated in The Great Fear : “He loved to manipulate people, to create turmoil and confusion.” While he did this, he gained fame. He enjoyed “[seeing] his name and picture in the paper.” As he gained fame, people gained fear. In Arthur Miller’s Why I Wrote The Crucible, Miller states that: “the old friend of a blacklisted person cross[es] the street to avoid being seen talking to him.” These people were as scared as the people in Salem. Both groups knew that if they associated with the communists, the witches, they also would be guilty. In Act 3 of The Crucible, multiple examples of guilty by association can be seen. One example is the list of people who had signed a testament that good people were being accused of witchcraft,

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