the crucible and good night andgood luck are not base in the same events but some situations that thecharacters are involve are somehow similar. In both histories the charactershave to fight for what they believe is right and obstacles that they need to beconcur are presented.
Both had a different outcomes and both manipulate thesituations in different ways.This play and movie had manysimilarities between characters but the two more noticeable ones were AbigailWilliams and Senator McCarthy they are both strong examples of demagogue. Theyfalsely accuse others to obtain power and anyone that opposes them is accused.Abigail and the senator enjoy ruining people’s lives and use public fear togain power. And in this histories there is also two other character that arequite similar, John Proctor and Edward R. Murrow both character attempt todefend people that had been falsely accused, they were up against the power thegovernment had upon them, the two of them were falsely accused for standing upfor themselves and other. Both histories have excessive and uncontrollableemotion such as panic and fear. They are separated by two parties that areunwilling to accept their different belief.
The charters are someone whoachieves power mostly by appealing to others emotions and prejudice.The McCarthy era and the SalemWitch trials were driven by different beliefs and false accusations. “How much of this was achieved by militaryforce and how much was achieved by traitors and Communist-line propagandists inour own government and in other free governments?” (Good luck)He is making accusations and he isjustifying them with the beliefs of the ones he is accusing. He is trying toget more people on his side by making this type pf accusations without realevidence. for instance there is a scene inthe start of the crucible where AbigailWilliams and her fellows are accused of dancing in the woods, committingwitchcraft and inflicting her younger cousin all of this accusations were madewith real evidence.so in attempt to get out of trouble she uses this tactics tofocus attention on others.
She purposely uses religion and belief to defendherself and manipulates the situation to make other people seem guilty. “I want to open myself. I want the sweet loveof Jesus! I dance for the devil; I saw him; I write in his book; I go back toJesus; I kiss his hand. I saw Sarah Goody with the devil! I saw Goody Osburnwith the devil! I saw Bridget Bishopwith the devil!” (Miller, pg 45)Abigail is directly accusing peopleof witchcraft without any real evidence. She is manipulating the situation andturning it into a religious issue. She is trying to cover up or dissimulate thereal evidence that is being hold against her and the innocence of others to thesubject to shape the situation in a way that would benefit her.
This kind of action can be justifywith hunger for power or revenge both shown in the crucible and good night andgood luck. . As a matter of fact the main reason why conflicts started in oneand the other it was that the characters needed a safe excuse that wouldgenerate influence over others. False accusations were the easy way to createfear over the public and influence them until they had power over their way ofseeing things.
Those in power use theirresources to create public hysteria, they create fear to the unknown tomanipulate situations and stay in their positions of power Mr. Murrow did a report on SenatorMcCarthy in his show. In this report the senator was free to express the way hefelt towards the situation that was happening during this era. McCarthy made statementthat established his political belief and empower his ideas. “The American people realize thatthis cannot be made a fight between America’s two great political parties. Ifthis fight against communism is made a fight between America’s two greatpolitical parties, the American people know that one of those parties will bedestroyed, and the Republic can’t endure very long as a one-party system.” (Goodluck)He is attempting to divide thepublic and make them believe that there is only one and one belief that areright and whoever is against that is to be fear.
He is doing this with thepurpose of creating fear and making people rely on what he is implying is safe.A patter somehow similar is show inthe crucible when Reverent Danforth was pointing out to John proctor that hewill must not be believed because he wouldn’t be available to know the truth.His only reasons to make this claims are not supported with real evidence butonly what a group of teenagers said. “In an ordinary crime, how does onedefend the accused? One calls up witnesses to prove his innocence. Butwitchcraft is ipso facto, on its face and by its nature, an invisible crime, isit not? Therefore, who may possibly be witness to it? The witch and the victim.
None other. Now we cannot hope the witch will accuse herself; granted?Therefore, we must rely upon her victims—and they do testify, the childrencertainly do testify. As for the witches, none will deny that we are most eagerfor all their confessions. Therefore, what is left for a lawyer to bring out? Ithink I have made my point. Have I not?” (Miller, pg.
93)Danforth shows the terrible effectof the logical extension of belief in witchcraft. Of course, the part he leavesout in his discussion is whether or not the victims are trustworthy He wasmanifesting his anguish with expressions that were used with the intend ofcreating fear and doubt, both of them help create public hysteria and have thepeople of Salem give more power to the court and the accuser.In the 1940s, America was living infear.
Just like in the 1692.Both eras were filled with panic. Politicians inthis two histories enlarged the publics panic by making false accusations thatwould harm the innocent and create more power for themselves. Even thoughall the characters had differences they manipulated situations in similar waysand got different outcomes but this differences and outcomes were mostlyrelated on the era this situations were settled.
We would like to think that oursociety has advanced to an age were witch hunt and infiltration of thecommunist government could never happen. Now days our society has learn fromthose mistakes and has help to the growth of our society.