Many Americans have it
The single fear the American citizens have is the illegal immigrants taking their jobs. A survey in 2013 found that "70% of Americans thought allowing more immigrants would make it harder to find jobs" (Zacharia). The government wants to help the illegal immigrants, but they are being yelled at by the citizens to kick them out of the country. This fear of illegal immigrants that the citizens have is called Xenophobia. These citizens are afraid of losing their jobs but these illegal immigrants "are labor intensive jobs which most Americans would be too proud to work, and working them for lower wages than most Americans would accept" (Donnelly).
How It Relates To The Crucible
The Americans are also spreading lies about how the immigrants are the ones destroying American culture. "Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam's dead sisters. And that is all" (Miller 1034). Here Abigail is forcing the girls in the room to believe that they did nothing in the forest which is a lie. This relates to the issue of immigration because the Americans are spreading lies such as the illegal immigrants are taking their jobs and destroying their culture which isn't true. Then the Americans are afraid of the illegal immigrants of them stealing their jobs. "I--I heard the other girls screaming, and you, Your Honor, you seemed to believe them, and I--It were only sport in the beginning sir, but then the whole world cried spirits, spirits, ans I--I promise you, Mr. Danforth, I only thought I saw them but I did not" (Miller 1087). Here Mary Warren shows fear in lying to Danforth about what happened in the forest. The Americans feel the same way towards the illegal immigrants about stealing their jobs.
There are many parallels between The Crucible and the issue of immigration in the United States. In both situations there are accusers. In The Crucible it's the whole village of Salem, and today it's the Americans. There are also people accused in both situations and fear toward those people. In The Crucible it's the village accusing each other of being witches because they are scared of witchcraft, and today it's the illegal immigrants whom the Americans are afraid of.
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