As a test, he asks Proctor to name the Ten Commandments. John went against the normalities and conceptions of the townsfolk. Such issues include the characterisation and portrayal of those in power; the driving motivations of a range of characters; the means through which characters achieve and maintain power; and how the role of power differences in relationships between characters. About three hundred years ago, the witch trials of Salem were a hot topic. It seems crazy that society could be fooled into believing in things like witches and deal with the events in such an extreme manner. He decided to relate the communist accusations to the Salem witch trials that took place in 1692. It grew to 272,000 people constantly browsing it almost overnight.
This means she is only a little higher than being deemed a slave. Like the racist public of the South, the whole town of Salem was in uproar over the witch hunt, but it was the individuals charged that had the most to worry about. A hundred silent onlookers hold their breath in baited anticipation. He included the imprudent accusations that were being greatly used by Joseph McCarthy and gave these traits to a group of girls in Salem. This is reflected in some of the issues raised in the play.
When Hale questions Tituba she explains that she has seen the devil himself. It is Abigail who creates the hysteria over witchcraft after she is caught dancing by Reverend Parris. Gene Terruso says that in his production of The Crucible, he aimed to portray a theme of fear and in turn, to instill fear upon the audience. The following day the girls were found in bed inert. Lorcher provides helpful information about McCarthyism and gives specific examples of connections in The Crucible.
Bowman Honors American History 23 October 2014 McCarthyism and the Salem Witch Trials McCarthyism and the Salem Witch Trials are two points in American History when citizens were accused by other people out of a fear of something they did not have an explanation for. Arthur Miller's The Crucible is a troubled literary work, not only because of the madness surrounded by the hangings but,. Today's scenario is nothing compared to that of McCarthyism in the 1950s. He maintains the audience's interest right throughout the text by using themes, which are still relevant today. However his lips only are able to take form around one bloodcurdling word: guilty. During this essay I will introduce the main points involved in answering the proposed question. This soon created a sense of mass hysteria throughout the town that resulted in the death of twenty people and the imprisonment of over two hundred.
We open in the home of Reverend Parris, who is trying desperately to wake his daughter Betty. Individuals hid and lied to keep safe from being condemned as witches. Abigail puts the blame on Tituba who admits that she is capable of conjuring spirits. The nature of good and evil, power and its corruption, honour and integrity and our tendency to create scapegoats for all manner of problems are all brought up through the course of the play - sometimes in very dramatic fashion. Today the film is regarded as an allegory for the McCarthy hearings, though it also provides an intimate look into the closed societies of colonial America. This is the introduction of sin in the Puritan world in The Crucible, and how it is irrevocably entwined with virtue. Carefully examine how this fear escalates, , what their stakes were, and what tactics they used to escalate concern in their community.
The Puritans in those times were very strict in personal habits and morality; swearing, drunkenness and gambling would be punished. John Proctor: He is the protagonist of the play. Abigail was a servant to the Proctors before she was let go by Elizabeth for having an affair with her husband John. Little evidence was collected the day of their discovery, what was recovered was mislabeled and handled incorrectly. Widespread, irrational fear during both these times played on the American psyche and caused mass panic. A group of young girls accuse local town members of witchcraft, so several husbands try to convince the trial judges that the girls are lying. As an example, when she was condemned he did what was possible in order to save her life.
Everyone around the town is terrified of witches and the girls are the ones most commonly said to be affected by them. One was called the Tutsi tribe and the other was the Hutu tribe. She is sent back to jail. McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of treason without proper evidence. He applies the same irrational logic as Danforth during the course of the trial.
Mad chaos went through the county in both cases. She has to carefully craft everything she says so as not to be overpowering or overstepping her boundaries. Both events in history contain extremely similar circumstances, including the accusation of one person leading to a mass hysteria enveloping a society to be overly suspicious of their fellow people. Joseph lived a complicated life 1908-1957 as a Republican senator from Appleton, Wisconsin. At the time of the Red Scare, people were being questioned and threatened into telling court officials and government officers the names of other Communists they knew of.