Plot and Character Parallel Assignment

Plot and Character Parallel Assignment

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  •  Plot Parallel     The House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare and Danforth's courtroom in The Crucible demanded answers from witnesses, and threatened arrest if the witnesses did not cooperate.
  • In the HUAC, suspected communists were interrogated about their behaviors and forced to give up names of their friends and colleagues. ( Staff)
  • MrCarthyism
  • In The Crucible, Giles Corey is arrested and later stoned to death for refusing to name a friend on record.
  • The Crucible
  • "The government and central church demand of you the name of him..." (Miller 97)
  • Character Parallel     A parallel character element is the intrinsic character dilemma of personal and social interests. Hollywood figures that were suspected of being communists had to choose between losing their professional careers in Hollywood if they refused to give names of fellow communists, or their social reputations and respect held by the public if they refused to cooperate with the HUAC. Parallel to the previous dilemma is John Proctor’s situation in The Crucible. John Must choose between losing his reputation and name for himself if he falsely confesses, or losing his life if he refuses.
  • Accused communists had to choose between their careers or reputations during the Red Scare. (McCarthyism)
  • I don't know whether to save my Hollywood career or save my friends' reputations!
  • McCarthyism
  • John Proctor has to decide between confessing and shaming his name publicly, or accepting the false accusations and being hanged. (Miller 143)
  • The Crucible
  • Do I save my name and respect or falsely confess in order to live?
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