The Crucible && McCarthyism

Background && Relations

The Crucible

  • Begin in the house of Reverend Samuel Parris
  • Betty was unconscious upstairs
  • Betty is Reverend Parris niece
  • Abigail tell lies and manipulate people
  • Abigail accused Proctor of being in love with her
  • Putnam accuses Proctor of stealing wood from his land
  • It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials


  • in McCarthyism, no one was killed for being accused of being a communist
  • Most of them came out with a bad reputation whether or not they denied it
  • people first accused as insiders
  • happened in the 1950's
  • practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion or treason
  • known as second red scare

The Crucible && McCarthyism Similarities

  • Have anger
  • accused of guilt
  • Put on trials and expected to confess
  • were not willing to stand up to the court or their senator
  • wrote by Arthur miller
  • Fear
  • accusations of one person leading to mass hysteria