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The Crucible and McCarthyism

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Megan Epley

on 11 October 2012

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What is irony? The Crucible What where methods of determining guilt or innocence of the witches? What is a Puritan?
Their Origin?
Why'd they settled in America?

A Puritan is a person who was part
of the Protestant group in the 16th century, who sought out to purify the church from within. They came from England and Netherlands, and they came to America after they were persecuted by the church and
forced to practice a
controlled religion. Who was King James and what were his beliefs about witches? and McCarthyism Paradox A Statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality express a possible truth. Irony is the expression of ones being by using language that normally signifies the opposite for humorous or emphatic effect. King James came to throne in 1603, and claimed to be descended from Bangqu. He took a special interest in the subject of witchcraft. He published a book about witchcraft in 1597; it is called Daemonologie. James took out the traditional arguments in favor of a belief in witchcraft. His lifelong interest in the subject is evidenced by the fact that he himself participated in a number of trails of alleged witches. Bridget Bishop was the first to be hung. They would bless a lake, tie the witch's hands and feet together, and throw them in. If they floated they would be killed for a witch and if they died in the lake they were innocent.
Another one is they would hold a piece of coal and if it burned their hand then they were free. If it wasn't burned they would die for being a witch. McCarthyism The term McCarthyism, derived from the actions of senator Joseph McCarthy in the early 1950s, has come to mean the use of reckless and unfair accusations in the name of suppressing political disloyalty. 1. In the play it says that she and Betty took Paris's money and took a ship to Barbados. Then 4 years later she was found in Boston working as a prostitute.
2. In real life they don't really know what happened to her or where she went. What are some theories about what happened to Abigail Williams? Other people accused were John Procter, Sarah Good, Tituba, Sarah Osbourne, Mary Esty, Rebecca Nurse, and Martha and Giles Corey. Allegory is What is true about the play?
-the character names
-the people that died
-the people that were accused
-the place
-the time period Arthur Miller's involvement in
the Un-American Committee consisted of being accused by Joseph McCarthy and the
Un-American Committee for being anti-American. Arthur wasn't the only one accused; others accused by the committee were Charlie Chaplin, Paul Robinson, and many other entertainment artists. the representation of an abstract or spiritual meaning through concrete or material forms Salem Village This is a map of the village in Salem in 1692.
The population of salem was about 600 and around 200 were jailed for witchcraft. There were 25 deaths and 19 of them exacuted. Joseph Raymond McCarthy was born November 24, 1908 and
died May 2, 1957.
McCarthy was an American Republican Senator from Wisconsin. He served from 1947 until he died in 1957. McCarthy was popular in his ideas of the Cold War and was known for his thought of there being many COmmunists and Soviet spies in the U.S. federal government. What Does McCarthyism have to do with the Salem Witch Trials?

"The Crucible" was written in 1953 by American playwrite and director Arthur Miller. After the second World War there was a long period of anti-communist hysteria. Lead by Sen. Joe McCarthy the CUAA lead investigations in not only the government and military, but in Hollywood.

Although Miller wasn't apart of the Hollywood 10 Blacklist, he was later brought in on charges of conspiracy and being a communist.

He wrote the play to show the similarities between the two societies during times of hysteria. A witch hunt is a search for witches or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic, mass hysteria and lynching, but in historic cases, also legally sanctioned. Japanese Internment:
The Japanese that were in the United
States in WWII were kicked out of their homes, and sent to camps similar to where the jews were sent.
The Jews were sent to works camps, and either killed in gas chambers or were worked to death by high ranking Nazi Officers. This relates to Salem, because Jews lived in the same towns as the Germans and they turned on them.
Even though people know what caused many people to die in Salem, it still goes on today, and it kind of shows people still haven't
learned from what Salem should
have taught us. Modern Witch Hunts
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