Senator Joseph McCarthy, who fueled the Red Scare of the 1950s with wild allegations that spurred highly publicized hearings, received criticism from colleagues such as Senator Margaret Chase Smith before the United States Senate voted to formally censure him on On Dec. Intolerance wouldn't be so bad if it were matched with ennui or apathy. In both cases, anybody could be accused of being a communist or witch, with little to no evidence. McCarthyism: The media were not willing to stand up to Senator McCarthy for fear of being accused of being a Communist. Later in life, he would return to America and teach at multiple universities across the country.
Similarities between the political climate surrounding the Crucible and the Red Scare, the era of McCarthyism. Germany experienced this near the … end of World War I, and it was a factor in their defeat in the war. Other Significant Symbols To help better understand some of the deeper meanings in The Crucible, below are a list of significant symbols found within the play. Those ten, and many others, were shunned blacklisted by the entertainment industry for fear that Congress would pass onerous regulations. During the Red Scare, the integrity of many American citizens was challenged. In the beginning, the antagonists from both instances had the exact same ideal as was portrayed by the previous quote. Innocent people were jailed for expressing their views, civil liberties were ignored, and many Americans feared that a Bolshevik-style revolution was at hand.
This represents hope that the future may be different. Many lives were ruined, and some were lost. I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, was an indirect comparison between the Salem Witchcraft Trials, and the Communist Red Scare. We must go and overthrow the court,' he says 110; act 3! In many cases, Red Scare testimony was based on morsels of fact, such as the fact that a person had once registered as a communist decades prior to being investigated. With the red scare, the accused. In the Salem witch trials, witchcraft is threatening the village. A nationwide fear of communists, socialists, anarchists, and other dissidents suddenly grabbed the American psyche in 1919 following a series of anarchist bombings.
Wobblies, were persecuted against for speaking out against the capitalist system. Confession became the only way to avoid death Linder. Rebecca Nurse was hung with four convicted others Linder. People's lives were taken and destroyed if these girl's decided to accuse them of witchcraft. Senator McCarthy was placed at the head of the House Un-American Activities Committee, the objective of which was to uncover all communist sympathizers of the time.
When it comes down to it, which of these morals do you fall under? He'll lay in jail if I give his name! So, they hang him and a few others. End of Bolshevik Revolution in Russia b. The same illogical thought processes were apparent in the Crucible. I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! Only, it is and it isn't. The Crucible: Townspeople are not willing to stand up to the court for fear of being accused of being a witch.
Amidst a great deal of shouting and accusations, Tituba is coerced into confessing to witchcraft. During the Red Scare, people were being accused of espionage, communism, and contempt of the court. For example, Abigail is 17 in the play, but she was just 11 in real life, and she most likely didn't have an affair with Proctor, who was over 60. This play was written in a time period when there was a similar controversial era. In the end of all the choas in The Crucible, the thought that everyone must confess or die is clearly illustrated by Arthur Miller. The forest, therefore symbolizes the evil present in all humans. Guardian News and Media, 02 Nov.
And that's just like what was happening during the Red Scare, when people like Senator Joseph McCarthy were on a witch-hunt to use an apt phrase for Communist infiltrators on American society. But no, it was matched with hysteria. In some cases, it was almost better to confess, even if it was not true. This powerful threat turned out to be Communism and it was greatly feared by almost every U. Arthur Miler included this in the Crucible to show how the courts punished innocent people for trying to save others in both the Red Scare and the Salem Witch Trials and the courts did not even recognize it.
Ultimately, Proctor admits his affair with Abigail, saying that her jealousy of his wife made her accuse Elizabeth of being a witch. The Crucible was seen as a metaphor for a modern day witch hunt in the McCarthy time period. Though promised he would not be asked to name names during his hearing, the committee asked Miller to reveal those who attended meetings with him. Secretary of State, of knowing 205 communists in the State Department. The Doll: The doll found on Elizabeth Proctor's shelf is a traditional symbol of voodoo and witchcraft. Throw in China and Americans began to feel they were surrounded by a Communist threat. At the examinations, the girls described attacks of the accused person's specter Linder.