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All that it takes to ruin a perfectly assembled row of dominos is thecollapse of just a single domino After that one plummet domino afterdomino continues to fall until the ruin of the whole set is completelyinevitable This domino effect wedged its way into both Salem duringthe Salem Witch Trials in the 1690s and the United States during theMcCarthy era in the 1950s Playwright Arthur Miller was involved in theCommunist hunt largely because he was a target of McCarthys wrathHe noted the fear in society and immediately linked it to the hysteriathat had taken place nearly three hundred years prior In bothsocieties minuscule concepts and irrational fears spiraled out ofcontrol and overtook the psyche of entire communities Millerscomparison of Salem and Washington DC is impeccably executed in hisplay The Crucible because he shows various parallels of the twosocieties and depicts how history can repeat itself During the Salem Witch Trials the unfounded horror surrounding witchescompletely overtook society and turned sane people mad Similarly whenSenator Joseph McCarthy tipped over the first domino of the fear ofCommunism he sent fear into the hearts of Americans Miller also showshow paranoia accusation and morality affected both eras in TheCrucible The Red Scare catapulted the United States into a state ofterror and hatred for Communists During the Witch Hunts peoplegroundlessly accused others of being witches and dozens weresenselessly hung due to the hysteria The Crucible flawlessly shows howthe trivial fears of a single person can spiral out of control andovertake entire communities Miller also crafts a distinct associationbetween himself and John Proctor the plays protagonist and heroMcCarthy and Judge Danforth the plays antagonist also have variousother parallels Miller and Proctor both keep their morals when broughtin front of judges and McCarthy and Danforth are both malevolentfigures who oppose the morally structured men Arthur Millers portrayalof the lucid effect that his life had on his work is evident in TheCrucible through his liaison between the Salem Witch Trials and Americaduring the
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