The Crucible Parallelism

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  • McCarthyism
  • I have here in my hand a list of 205 . . . a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party.
  • Plot Parallelism
  • During the time of McCarthyism, there was a hunt for Reds, otherwise known as Communists. Many accusations were made toward others out of suspicion, causing people to lose their jobs. Joseph McCarthy himself gave a speech in which he claimed to have a list of names of people who were considered Communists (Miller, "Why I Wrote The Crucible..."). In The Crucible, accusations are made out of fear of being convicted. Elizabeth Proctor is accused by Abigail Williams in the court, so Cheever and Herrick come to arrest her in her home. John Proctor protests, but he can not prevent her arrest (Miller, Crucible 73).
  • The Crucible
  •  I am given sixteen warrant tonight, sir, and she is one.
  • McCarthyism
  • I have here in my hand a list of 205 . . . a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party.
  • Character Parallelism
  • Joseph McCarthy began McCarthyism, accusing all kinds of people of being Communists. He claimed to have a list of 205 names of people who were Communists. He accused many people, causing them to lose their jobs, but he was never accused of anything himself ("Senator Joseph McCarthy's Speech..."). Likewise, Reverend Parris, in The Crucible, was willing to accuse others of witchcraft to protect his own reputation. He went along with the popular belief of the people so that he would not lose his job. By the end of the play, Parris was accusing others of witchcraft. He even accused John Proctor of trying to overthrow the court (Miller, Crucible 92).
  • The Crucible
  • He's come to overthrow this court, Your Honor!
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