The Salem Witch Trials in the 17th century. The Red Scare in the 1950s. Little to no evidence that witches/communists were anywhere close to taking over the world. Arthur Miller, who lived through the McCarthy era and wrote The Crucible about the witch trials, saw that both were driven by the intense fear of change and the unknown. Can you think of anything similar that's happened in the 21st century?
|American Literature||20th-Century American Literature|
All American Literature
|Author||Miller - Arthur Miller|
|Themes||Compassion and Forgiveness|
Good vs. Evil
Justice and Judgement
Lies and Deceit
Respect and Reputation
Are we accusing innocent groups of people when it suits our agenda, just as Abigail
did in "The Crucible"? The '50s were a long time ago.
Life was seemingly idyllic on the surface. The Red Scare of the 50s proved otherwise.
We accused and convicted people from all walks of life as being Communists...
... often with little more than an accusation from someone trying to save their own skin.
Can you say, "modern day witch hunt?" It's eerily similar to how many residents
of Salem were accused of practicing witchcraft in "The Crucible"...
Many innocent people were ruined after being accused of being Communists during the Red
Scare. Surely we've evolved since then, right?
We believe everyone deserves a fair trial, yes?
We're innocent until proven guilty... true? Maybe we'll never learn.
Perhaps it is just human nature to be accusatory. Especially if there are things about a group
of people we don't...or won't...understand. There are currently plenty of accusations
flying around aimed at different types of people...
...where some are still pointing fingers at those they see as somehow "different" or "inferior."
Cyber bullies abuse others from the comfort of their homes...
...and the victims of their malice are becoming clinically depressed, turning to drugs and
alcohol... and worse. And yet, we're still condemning groups of
people. Our trials are not always fair for those accused.
And many of them play out in public. Where everybody seems to have a voice - pointing
fingers and passing judgments. So when are we going to stop pointing fingers?
Will it finally happen when the finger is pointed at you?
Shmoop amongst yourselves.