At the time when “The Crucible” was written, the United States and Russia were going through the Red Scare which was a major influence when Miller was writing this play. Miller’s tactic in writing this play was to remind people of how the hysteria of the witch hunts could be dangerously similar to the communist hunts going on in the United States at the time. Using the history from the Salem Witch Trials, he wrote a story that was sure to educate people about the potential disaster that could come from the carelessness of accusing others.
“The Crucible” and The Red Scare had many similarities due to the fact that the author of “The Crucible” wrote the play to compare the Salem Witch Trials to the Red Scare. The first and most distinct similarity is the carelessness and revenge illustrated by accusing others. Miller made sure to point this out to his audience by having a character suggest that someone accused another person solely to get their land (Miller ). Also, when people were accused for either being a witch or a communist, they were arrested with no substantial evidence. For example, when presented with concrete evidence in “The Crucible,” Governor Danforth ignored the evidence and proceeded with the hangings instead of admitting he was wrong (Miller ). When they were convicted, in both events, they had the option to confess and accuse others to save themselves. Overall, the Red Scare and ‘The Crucible” are very parallel events.
Although very similar, the Red Scare and the Crucible are two very different events in history. First of all, the Red Scare was a hunt for communists and “The Crucible” was written about the witch hunts during the Salem Witch Trials. This makes the crimes two completely different cases. Also, the Red Scare was more politically based unlike the Salem Witch Trials. In “The Crucible,” the people of the town were accused but during the Red Scare, it was mostly famous political