Perspectives On Fear: The Crucible And The Mc Carthy Era

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Lying is bad but the fear that can come from it is worse. Fear can rule a person which drives them to extreme and irrational acts that can shape society in a negative way. We as people are so accustomed to how we should act that during times of fear and crisis our vision is blurred and sometimes our decision making abilities are impaired. We often look past at how much fear can affect us and our society. Starting from Salem 1692 and going to the McCarthy era fear ruled the people and even now in present time America we are constantly living in fear.
The people in Salem were ruled by the fear being killed. All the lying that occurred in Salem began the build of fear. Abigail is the main character that caused the lying. Her first lie starts in the beginning of the book after being caught dancing with other girls in the woods. Abigail herself feared the consequences she would face if the town found out about what happened in the forest. She made sure to threaten all the girls by saying “...Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you…” (Miller 20). Her threat established a fear into the girls’ heads that would prevent them from their normal action of telling the truth. Following this event Abigail must save her reputation, In order to do this she lies to Reverend Hale saying “She made me do it! She made Betty do it!”(Miller 43). Abigail's accusation toward Tituba also leads to the accusation of Sarah Good and Goody Osburn. The way Abigail acted was a result of fear, if she feared nothing bad would come from telling the truth then she wouldn't have lied. The girls may have set the witch hunt in motion but it was the adults of Salem that begun the trials and hangings. The people in Salem being puritans greatly feared the Devil so it is no surprise that when an issue of supernatural activity came up people were eager to jump to conclusions of evil spirits (Salem History 1692). The hysteria in Salem continued and by the end more than 25 people had died. As more and more people feared death they dismissed the idea of calling the authority faulty which leads to people being ruled by fear. The more people controlled by fear, the more powerful it is. The ruling of fear didn't stop in Salem 1692 as the effect of fear lead to extreme and irrational acts during the McCarthy era.
The McCarthy era was a period in time where fear rattled society just as fear had rattled society in the town of Salem in 1692. The cold war prompted the accusations of communist living among people in the United States. The U.S. government wasn't sure whether to trust federal employees because they feared that some may be spies. This lead President Truman to issue the Loyalty Order. This order mandated that all federal employees be analyzed to determine whether they were sufficiently loyal to the government. Some thought...

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