Many people are familiar with The Crucible, a famous play written by Arthur Miller, but not all of them know that this popular fictional story is only partially dramatized because it’s based on real events. The author of this well-known book bases his argument of McCarthyism’s allegory. Miller and other communists were active in America at that time, and they all were summoned by the government to provide information about their plans and contacts. Besides, this group of people was called dangerous and blacklisted.
Each character involved in this story was real, but some information used in this play may seem to be a bit misguiding. This trick is used by the author to make people think that characters are different. Miller took this step to capture all events and share them with the audience. McCarthy trials are connected to the so-called witch hunt that McCarthy has on all American communists. This senator claimed that there must be blacklisted, and this decision made is quite hard for such people to find any job in this country. That’s because most employers feared their records and didn’t want to risk. McCarthy exuberated evidence to trickle fear in the spines of US citizens and he also blamed the army for housing communists. The good news is that he was short-lived, so McCarthyism was brought to its end.
How do these historical events resemble the ones of Salem? In Salem, people were accused of being witches, while American citizens were condemned of being communists in terms of McCarthyism. It’s true that both of these regimes resulted in losing their reputation and ruining a range of important operations or activities. For example, the Salem case was triggered by the issues of land, while the McCarthyism was resulted by a specific campaign strategy.
Witches were average people who needed to deal with endless problems and punishment of the whole community. The same happened for McCarthyism because communists had to suffer for others in the country. People who brought possible suspect in Salem were regarded with respect by others. McCarthy, a senator who initiated McCarthyism, was also treated with a lot of respect. To sum up everything, all of these accusations made in 2 different periods of time were based on untrue grounds and evidence. They ruined many lives, and they are written in the history of America.
Many people are familiar with The Crucible, a famous play written by Arthur Miller, but not all of them know that this popular fictional story is only partially dramatized because it’s based on real events. The author of this well-known book bases his argument of McCarthyism’s allegory.