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In the play The Crucible many parallels can be found in reference to the 1950 Communist trials led by Joe McCarthy In this work by Arthur Miller the events of the 1692 Salem witch trials parallel those of the McCarthy trials in that both events were not only based on insubstantial evidence but caused mass hysteria that destroyed the lives and reputations of those involved In the Salem witch trials insubstantial evidence was present in each of the events People trying to save themselves from being prosecuted created the evidence from the witch trials The parallel of the McCarthy trials was that people would falsely accuse other people of being a member of the Communist party One of the lines of the play quotes John Proctor as I have quailed and as you that this be fraud God damns our kind especially and we will burn we will burn together Miller 1240 The mass hysteria of the witch trials was contrived by pointing blame at each other From The Crucible the girls led by Abigail Williams turned the town hysterical and blamed other people to cover their sin In the McCarthy trials Joe McCarthy did not cover his sin but he feared that there were Communists within the government McCarthy and his suspicions ruined many peoples lives Jobs were lost families torn apart reputations not only bruised but also scarred and lives ruined In the play the same things happened not only to the poor but also to the well off including reverends One of the lives ruined in the play was John Proctors and his familys but in the end almost everything was better The Crucible showed that insubstantial evidence and insignificant people being blamed not only causes lives jobs reputations and families to be ruined but also mass hysteria takes over the town or even the country and upsets people to no extent Bibliography Microsoft Encarta
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