the crucible and good night and
good luck are not base in the same events but some situations that the
characters are involve are somehow similar. In both histories the characters
have to fight for what they believe is right and obstacles that they need to be
concur are presented. Both had a different outcomes and both manipulate the
situations in different ways.
This play and movie had many
similarities between characters but the two more noticeable ones were Abigail
Williams and Senator McCarthy they are both strong examples of demagogue. They
falsely 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 to
gain power. And in this histories there is also two other character that are
quite similar, John Proctor and Edward R. Murrow both character attempt to
defend people that had been falsely accused, they were up against the power the
government had upon them, the two of them were falsely accused for standing up
for themselves and other.
Both histories have excessive and uncontrollable
emotion such as panic and fear. They are separated by two parties that are
unwilling to accept their different belief. The charters are someone who
achieves power mostly by appealing to others emotions and prejudice.
The McCarthy era and the Salem
Witch trials were driven by different beliefs and false accusations.
“How much of this was achieved by military
force and how much was achieved by traitors and Communist-line propagandists in
our own government and in other free governments?” (Good luck)
He is making accusations and he is
justifying them with the beliefs of the ones he is accusing. He is trying to
get more people on his side by making this type pf accusations without real
for instance there is a scene in
the start of the crucible where Abigail
Williams and her fellows are accused of dancing in the woods, committing
witchcraft and inflicting her younger cousin all of this accusations were made
with real evidence.so in attempt to get out of trouble she uses this tactics to
focus attention on others. She purposely uses religion and belief to defend
herself and manipulates the situation to make other people seem guilty.
“I want to open myself. I want the sweet love
of Jesus! I dance for the devil; I saw him; I write in his book; I go back to
Jesus; I kiss his hand. I saw Sarah Goody with the devil! I saw Goody Osburn
with the devil! I saw Bridget Bishop
with the devil!” (Miller, pg 45)
Abigail is directly accusing people
of witchcraft without any real evidence. She is manipulating the situation and
turning it into a religious issue. She is trying to cover up or dissimulate the
real evidence that is being hold against her and the innocence of others to the
subject to shape the situation in a way that would benefit her.
This kind of action can be justify
with hunger for power or revenge both shown in the crucible and good night and
good luck. . As a matter of fact the main reason why conflicts started in one
and the other it was that the characters needed a safe excuse that would
generate influence over others. False accusations were the easy way to create
fear over the public and influence them until they had power over their way of
Those in power use their
resources to create public hysteria, they create fear to the unknown to
manipulate situations and stay in their positions of power
Mr. Murrow did a report on Senator
McCarthy in his show. In this report the senator was free to express the way he
felt towards the situation that was happening during this era. McCarthy made statement
that established his political belief and empower his ideas.
“The American people realize that
this cannot be made a fight between America’s two great political parties. If
this fight against communism is made a fight between America’s two great
political parties, the American people know that one of those parties will be
destroyed, and the Republic can’t endure very long as a one-party system.” (Good
He is attempting to divide the
public and make them believe that there is only one and one belief that are
right and whoever is against that is to be fear. He is doing this with the
purpose of creating fear and making people rely on what he is implying is safe.
A patter somehow similar is show in
the crucible when Reverent Danforth was pointing out to John proctor that he
will 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 but
only what a group of teenagers said.
“In an ordinary crime, how does one
defend the accused? One calls up witnesses to prove his innocence. But
witchcraft is ipso facto, on its face and by its nature, an invisible crime, is
it 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 children
certainly do testify. As for the witches, none will deny that we are most eager
for all their confessions. Therefore, what is left for a lawyer to bring out? I
think I have made my point. Have I not?” (Miller, pg. 93)
Danforth shows the terrible effect
of the logical extension of belief in witchcraft. Of course, the part he leaves
out in his discussion is whether or not the victims are trustworthy He was
manifesting his anguish with expressions that were used with the intend of
creating fear and doubt, both of them help create public hysteria and have the
people of Salem give more power to the court and the accuser.
In the 1940s, America was living in
fear. Just like in the 1692.Both eras were filled with panic. Politicians in
this two histories enlarged the publics panic by making false accusations that
would harm the innocent and create more power for themselves.
all the characters had differences they manipulated situations in similar ways
and got different outcomes but this differences and outcomes were mostly
related on the era this situations were settled.
We would like to think that our
society has advanced to an age were witch hunt and infiltration of the
communist government could never happen. Now days our society has learn from
those mistakes and has help to the growth of our society.