What was McCarthyism ?
What is The Crucible?
Similarity ? (McCarthyism & The Crucible)
The Crucible: The girls unsubstantiated claims ruin lives and lead to increased hostility in Salem.
McCarthyism: Those who were accused were assumed guilty, put on trial, and expected to divulge the names of other Communist sympathizers. Failure to do so led to sanctions.
The Crucible: Those who are accused are assumed guilty, put on trial, expected to confess, and expected to accuse others of being witches. Failure to do so leads to death.
McCarthyism: The media were not willing to stand up to Senator McCarthy for fear of being accused of being a Communist.
The Crucible: Townspeople are not willing to stand up to the court for fear of being accused of being a witch.
Similarity ? (Abigail & Joseph McCarthy)
- both were insignificant to their communities before they worked their way up
- got many in legal trouble
- accused people of being something they weren't
- not able to accurately prove accusations