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Many times it has been said that if people learn form their mistakes they are doomed to repeat them Such is the case throughout history There are many different examples of this but one example is the blatant similarities between the witch hunts in Salem Massachusetts and the era of McCarthyism When looking at either one of theses events separately it is hard to believe that they could have actually happened not only once but twice If one takes the time to look at both events simultaneously they are able to make many comparisons and enable numerous similarities be seen In The Crucible Miller creates an analogy of the witch hunts in Salem to the investigation of communists by Joseph McCarthy One of the many resemblances that can be clearly seen is the way in which each of event McCarthyism and the Salem witch hunts had the ability to ruin a persons life through a simple accusation An example of this is very evident in The Crucible The character of John Proctor is accused of partaking in the crime of witchcraft When it comes time to confess he knows that confessing will save his physical life but at the same time it will ruin his reputation He said Why must it be written Why must I say it Miller 138 140 Proctor knows that his confession will be posted onto the church wall for all to see This is why he ends up tearing the confessions If it were seen by anyone in the community John Proctors reputation would be tarnished to the point where he could no longer show his face in Salem He therefore chooses death over humiliation A parallelism of this can be seen in the era of McCarthyism If one was accused by Senator Joseph McCarthy of being a communist their lives were ruined This process became known as blacklisting President Truman once said Character assassination is their stock in trade
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