It has been said that history has a tendency to repeat itself. The Crucible can be used to relate to historical and future events in the world. The Red Scare unquestionably parallels the events that happened during the witch trials in Arthur Miller's, The Crucible. The Salem witch trials and the Red Scare were both the product of fear, hysteria, suspicion and false accusations. These events in American history have countless similarities, that led to the persecution of many innocent individuals.
False accusations in The Crucible led to the deaths of many innocent people. Abigail
Willams, motivated by vengeance, falsely accused many innocent people, including Elizabeth Proctor, the wife of the man she had an affair with. Abigail's accusations frightened the people in Salem, causing hysteria to spread throughout the town like a wild fire. The people of Salem panicked and wanted to rid their town of witches. Due to this mass hysteria, the people of the town didn't look at factual evidence, they only believed the spine shuddering words of the young girls claiming to be "bewitched. In the 1950's, the Red Scare event mirrored the Salem Trial's. During the Red Scare, people were falsely accused of being spies, without pressing evidence. At this time, people were being blacklisted from society because they were said to be spies. Most of the people blacklisted were accused of being spies by people who were actually trying to conceal their own guilt. As in the Salem witch trial's, if anyone was even remotely mentioned in partaking in evil things then they were assumed guilty without any proof.
The spies and the people of Salem were dealing with different types of situations, however, both were faced with false accusations and hysteria. Many people of Salem were killed for a crime that was never committed. As in Salem, during the Red Scare many people were killed, ostracize... Continue Reading