Mccarthyism In The Crucible

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In the late 1940’s, World War II had come to an end, but America was still living in fear . There was a new uprising of a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party known as Communism. Hysterical and frightened by this uprising, the House of Representatives of Un-American Activities Committee, HUAC, began investigations, nationwide, of possible Communists, this whole entire process became known as Mccarthyism. As time passed and the hunt for communists grew, in 1953 an award-winning play known as The Crucible by Arthur Miller was published. The play is set in 1692 and divulges the terrifying witch trials of Salem,…show more content…
As Elia Kazan states “For approximately 19 months of my membership, I was assigned to a “unit” composed of those party members who were, like myself, members of the Group Theater acting company. These were Lewis Leverett, J. Edward Bromberg, Phoebe Brand, etc.” the statement shows that many were forced to name others or else they could have been threatened with a worse punishment, than being accused of Communism. Similar events also occurred in the play The Crucible when the girls of the town who had performed witchcraft realize that they can avoid punishment by naming those who they saw with the Devil when he “came” to them. As curiosity lingers through the air wondering what the girls are to do next, the girls come to a realization and horrifyingly shout out names of who they “saw” with devil, or in other words people who are suspected to also be performing witchcraft, as they begin to say “ I saw George Jacobs with the Devil! I saw Goody Howe with the Devil!”. The method of which each event used to determine the fate of one another was very similar and could not be
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