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Crucible vs. Mccarthyism Essay

… Crucible vs. McCarthyism

Fear over reason: Modern witch hunts depicted in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" and in the House Un-American Activities Committee

No work of art can be subsumed under a single interpretation. However, Arthur Miller himself has stated that his play "The Crucible," set during the Puritan era in colonial New England was intended to be an explicit historical allegory, highlighting the parallels between the Salem witch trials and the era during which Miller wrote the play. Miller was a victim of the anti-communist hysteria of the early Cold War era. He was called by Senator Joseph McCarthy before the House Un-American Activities Committee. As a result of seeing himself, and other great writers and artists of the era being tainted with the public's…. [read more]

Crucible and Guilty by Suspicion Essay

… Like Rebecca Nurse, Dorothy Nolan is blindsided by the authorities, in her case, the House Un-American Activities. Unable to find any work and bereft of visitation rights to her own son, Dorothy spirals toward death. David Merrill remarks that Dorothy "was a good wife, a good mother," and that the House Un-American Activities was "responsible for her death." She was "falsely accused, she couldn't get work, her son was taken away from her -- all because of" the blacklisting community. By contrast, the hysteria in Miller's Salem brought the noose around the necks of the accused, while Winkler's committee imprisoned and blacklisted those who were deemed guilty. In any case, both occasion set forth ways to ruin the lives of otherwise innocent folk, who chose…. [read more]

Liberty and Fear Essay

… Liberty and Fear

Anti-terrorist politics: A return to the Cold War mindset in a post-Soviet world 'It can't happen here.' For the many individuals who never witnessed the McCarthy hysteria of the 1950s, the idea that Americans could ever have been willing to sacrifice their freedoms of speech and assembly in the name of anti-communism seems both terrifying and ludicrous. Yet according to Al Gore's 2004 essay for the journal Social Research entitled "The politics of fear," that is precisely what Americans are doing today, regarding terrorism. Gore does not deny the horror that terrorism can generate, as was manifest during the attacks upon the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. But sacrificing one's personal freedoms in the name of counterterrorist efforts is both counterproductive…. [read more]

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