The social and political climate had made the people worry
about who was a communist or not. It puts fear into people’s minds that people
around you could be a communist. Arthur Miller had written the crucible as an
analogy for McCarthyism because communism was comparable to the Salem Witch
Trials of 1692. Everywhere, people were falsely accused, trials were unfair,
and many lives were ruined.

 

            During the
Salem witch trials of 1692 and the Red Scare, innocent people were being
falsely accused. As in the crucible and the Red Scare, people were being
accused of witches/communist with little or no evidence at all. McCarthy had
targeted certain people and groups claiming that they are part of the communist
party. Miller had used this example in the crucible telling that the innocent
and respected people in the community were claimed to be witches by another
person. Abby had claimed that Mrs. Proctor had stabbed her in the stomach with
a poppet, which was made by Mary Warren. In addition, Abby and the other girls
have claimed that Mary Warren is sending out her spirit out to them. Miller is
discussing that both of the red scare and in the crucible that. Furthermore, he
draws the parallel lines to show that McCarthy has been falsely accusing
people. Miller at this time had written the story to tell how McCarthy had lied
to the people and how the lives were ruined.

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            The worst
phenomenon that is concerning the Red Scare is that it ruined people’s lives
and that many were innocent and others took their own lives due to being too
startled will proceed to jail. Numerous people were innocent and it had brought
them to court to go to jail. Some people had their passports taken away, and
some had lost their jobs. As well as from the red scare, in the Crucible,
innocent people were thrown in jail for being a witch. “If Proctor testifies
against, she will accuse him of adultery; therefore, it will ruin Mr. Proctor’s
reputation among the community.” Consequently, everyone in the community will
think less of him. The parallel that Miller is drawing is that people’s lives
were ruined from the accusations that were being accused of them. When the
lives were ruined by the allegations and people had an unfair trial.

 

People had unfair trials because the others were too afraid
to step up, give up the names of other people, and say something about it. The
people who were accused were basically by themselves. “The people’s trials
were being publicised and they were being jailed.” The individuals who
were on their own had no help, however, in the play, the individuals wherein
imprisoned had helped the others. “The individuals in penitentiary had
individuals confronting the judges with evidence that were not witches and had
evidence to show.” The people, that had the evidence, wanted to confront
the judges that the people in jail weren’t witches in therefore was good
citizens. The parallel that was drawn, was to show that the innocent had an
unfair trial, and the ones, with no help, had no way to show that they were
innocent, and the ones, who had help, was shown to be good citizens.

 

 

            In
conclusion, the author had the red scare that was being portrayed in the
Crucible to show the truth that was happening in America at this moment.

Therefore, he showed that the red scare has a few similarities in it. It had
demonstrated that history could be characterized in a fictional story. The Red
Scare and the witch trials, people were being falsely accused, the lives of the
people were ruined in different ways, and had unfair trials that destroyed
everything. He was indeed successful in writing it as the result of getting his
point across without ever talking about the real developments in the story. It
is critical so that to know how things were back on that occasion, therefore,
not having the self-determination do as you please for the reason that you’re
afraid of being accused of something you didn’t do.