The hysteria caused by and in the witchhunt is a parallel of the hysteria caused by and in the Red Scare.
The witchhunt was caused by blind accusations, after which a mass hysteria spread through the village. This hysteria caused family and friends to accuse each other of witchcraft, the people of Salem treated it as an accuse or be accused situation, and feared if they just stayed quiet, then at some point they would be accused and hanged (Miller 59-78). This situation was fueled with a mob mentality.
No! I am no such thing!
Do you admit to being a witch?
The Red Scare was also a mass hysteria situation and was caused by blind accusations of communism. This caused many people to be blacklisted and alienated by friends and family. It was also an accuse or be accused situation, and if you didn't provide names, then your sentence would be worse (History.com Red Scare).
The fear of the spread of witches and witchcraft in Salem is a parallel of fear of the spread of communism in America.
Everyone feared that the supposed witchcraft would spread throughout Salem, so to fix this, whenever someone would be accused, they would automatically be arrested. They would stand trial, but if they didn't confess they would be hanged (Miller 129).
Take her to be hanged!
America feared communism, so to fix the problem, everyone accused, no matter the situation, would be put to trial, and blacklisted. This alienated them from their community and essentially ruined their lives because they would forever be seen as a communist (American Masters McCarthyism).