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The Crucible
by Arthur Miller The period (from about 1950 to 1956) was sparked by Joseph Raymond McCarthy's ideas about communism in the United States government. This was a period of political unrest and mass hysteria. In 1950, McCarthy had said that there were communists in the State Department. This accusation was never proven, and the public didn't pay attention to McCarthy's words in the early years of this era. During the year of 1953, McCarthy became chairman of the Senate subcommittee on investigations. This made his accusations even stronger. Throughout the following years he continued to make his ideas about the government known. In 1954 he accused the secretary of the army of concealing foreign espionage activities. McCarthy started investigating all of his accusations, but was brought up on charges of improper means of investigation. These charges were ultimately dropped. One will see in the play " The Crucible" by Arthur Miller that the United States basically despised Russia, during the 1950's, because Russia was a communist country .The United States named Russia "The Devil" (according to the play), because of their communistic and dictatorial ways over the people. "The necessity of the Devil may become evident as a weapon, a weapon designed and used time and time again in every age to whip men into surrender to a particular church or church-state."1 Besides what Miller's idea of what communism is, he also has an idea that if one is not a communist, or against communism, then they are for the United States government, and if a U.S. citizen does not have the same reactions towards capitalistic "doings" as the rest of the country, then that citizen is considered to be communist. "In the countries where Communism exists, all resistance of any import is linked to the totally malign capitalist succubae, and in America any man who is not reactionary in his views is open to the charges of alliance with the Red Hell."2 This is a very important statement because it links the views of Miller to the accusations of McCarthy. Basically by linking these two together, one can come to the conclusion that the United States is a hypocrite (according to the two opinions). Arthur Miller says that the U.S. dislikes Russia because Russia is communistic, and that Russia is "The Devil" and "Red Hell", but according to McCarthy the U.S. it self has a government made up of communists. Then, reading more of Miller's opinions, one can come to the conclusion that according to Miller, McCarthy is a communist. Miller says that if one has different views then the rest of the country (like McCarthy) then they are a communist. With all of McCarthy's accusations he was clearly against the views of the United States' government._ Both McCarthy and Miller have different views on the same subject, but when linked together, one can come up with many different conclusions about McCarthy, Miller, the United States and its government. Endnotes 1)Miller, Arthur; The Crucible; Penguin Books inc. New York, 1976.Page 34._2) 2)Miller, page 34 Bibliography Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, vol.16; Funk and Wagnalls inc. Chicago, 1988. Kennan, Geoge F., Memories 1950-1963; Little Brown and Co.; Boston, 1982.__ Miller, Arthur, The Crucible; Penguin Books U.S.A Inc., N.Y.; 1976.

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