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The Individual Courage of David Merril People are to a community like buttons are to a machine They make things work and control what happens The people in the movie Guilty by Suspicion lost access to some of those buttons When John McCarthy decided that he had to get rid of all of the communist in the United States it affected many peoples lives The search for communists theoretically turned into a search for witches people that were a threat to society and had to be weeded out One of the victims of this misfortune was movie producer David Merril David was linked to the communist party and there for assumed to be a communist When he wouldnt purge himself by naming names his entire life changed and not for the better By doing what he did David set an example one which showed courage and strength Was ruining his life really the right thing for him to do Did his actions make any difference in what was going on David showed a lot of strength Not only physically but mentally When he was called in to purge himself of his sins he wouldnt do it While others like his friend Larry went in and gave names David stuck to his grounds Out of compassion for the innocent people he was expected to name David used his individual courage to protect them He didnt see these people as tickets to freedom he saw them for who they were After David made his choice to not go in he didnt run away like some of his fellow movie directors he stayed to face the consequences David showed courage that many people didnt have The brave journey that David went on caused him to lose almost everything that meant anything to him No matter what he did being branded as a communist ruined many parts of his life It was a no win
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