Christian Rodriguez

how is the crucible a criticism of McCathy's tactics?

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Michael Headrick It is a criticism of McCarthy's tactics because in both The Crucible and the "The Red Scare," those that were accused and didn't want to be hung
(The Crucible), or put in jail (The Red Scare), confessed and blamed someone else so they could feel like they got off without any form of criticism or punishment.
Sketchbook There were-are no WITCHES anywhere. There were COMMIES, by contrast, in US Gov. The parallel (as it were) to the Red Scare, by a Red author, is pathetic.
Dan The book is better looked at as a study of hysteria.

Communists wish to pair, "McCarthy-ism" and the Red Scare, that was a cultural rooting out of communism in Hollywood, with the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities.

The obvious problem with Arthur Miller's comparison of these events with a witch hunt is that there were communists in Hollywood that were attempting to create propaganda and bully other persons (see On the Waterfront which is a response).

Also there were communists in the American government (see Alger Hiss.)

In this book there are no witches just jealous women. In Hollywood and the government there were subversive agents working on behalf of the enemy country.

Many socialists/fellow travelers and communists like Arthur Miller wished to smear the rooting out of these subversive elements that stole the atomic bomb (for the soviet union).

TLDR: Miller wanted to smear HUAC and McCarthy-ism because they were attacking his allies.
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