Red Scare Vs. The Crucible

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During American history there has been an event that unquestionably parallels that of the witch trials in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The Red Scare is such an event. The Red Scare was a time in history when the United States was in apprehension of the communist government of Russia. In the Salem witch trials people were in trepidation of witchcraft the same way that Americans were in apprehension of communism. Distinguishing attributes are comparable between that of The Crucible by Arthur Miller and the Red Scare in American history. During the time period when the witch trials occur in The Crucible, people are forced to either confess to the crime of witchery or shove the blame towards a different person. The trouble in The Crucible begins when Abigail Williams blames Tituba for the girls dancing in the woods when she says: “She made me do it! She made Betty do it” (40; act 1)! The statement starts all the pandemonium that emerges in Salem. That quote is a superb example that Miller presents in his dialog concerning the way people were acting during the time of the Red Scare. Another instance of how people acted during the Red Scare is Mary Warren is stating that John Proctor is working along with the devil. Continue...


During the Red Scare Arthur Miller refused to make accusations towards others being communists. Another example in The Crucible that Arthur Miller parallels to the Red Scare is the way that some people refuse to confess and also refuse to accuse other people. Danforth and Parris are easily compared to Senator Joseph McCarthy in the ways he acted during the Red Scare. Unfortunately, in both cases, the people did not perform akin to Giles Corey and John Proctor. Giles Corey and John Proctor were such men. In the beginning of the play when Parris is bickering about his salary, he boorishly says towards John Proctor: "...I am not some preaching farmer with a book under my arm; I am a graduate of Harvard College (28; act 1). The final reason that Arthur Miller's The Crucible parallels the Red Scare is the way that certain people believed that they were better than the rest of the common folk. Reverend Parris and Judge Danforth are such individuals. 'I'll murder you,' he says, 'if my wife hangs! We must go and overthrow the court,' he says (110; act 3)! The reason that Mary Warren's statement expresses that he is working with the devil is that the court and church are as one. In the end of all the choas in The Crucible, the thought that everyone must confess or die is clearly illustrated by Arthur Miller. She says to the court that John is working with the devil when she exclaims: "My name, he want my name. The two events also expressed how some people would not be cowardly and have someone else killed in their place.