analysing the historical content of the crucible
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December 22, 2013
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This anticommunist crusade stumbled in 1954, when the hearings were televised allowing the press and public to view McCarthy's bullying tactics. He suffered a backlash in public opinion, and was then, himself investigated and McCarthy faded from the spotlight overnight.
In my opinion, Arthur Miller's The Crucible takes two of the worst moments in American history, and uses them to demonstrate the pressure on people from society, to conform...
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Miller takes the Salem Witch trials and uses them to reflect on the McCarthyism period. By using religion as a sort of substitute for politics, Miller was able to see the similarities between the McCarthy era and the actions of the Puritans in Salem. Each event was just as cruel and merciless as the other, and even though the Salem Witch trials had occurred over 200 years before The Crucible was written, by using it to mirror the McCarthy era, the spirit of persecution was re-awoken...
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