The McCarthy Hearings are referred to as "witch-hunts" because of their
similarity to the Salem witch trials. The McCarthy hearings are trials in which Senator
Joe McCarthy accuses government employees of being Communists. He exaggerates and
exploits the evidence and ruins many reputations just as the girls do in the Salem witch
trials. The accused, in both cases, are used as scapegoats for society’s problems and the
only way to escape direct punishment is to admit to guilt.
Joseph McCarthy and the girls from Salem begin to accuse people of being either
Communists or witches to obtain, something they crave, power.
No one actually has hard
evidence to support these accusations, including the accusers. The more people they
accuse the bigger the lies get. The girls in Salem begin to cry out that these witches are
sending their spirits on them. The even go to the extent to start shivering, passing out, and
mocking the accused as they walk into the room. Abigail Williams also sabotages,
Elizabeth Proctor, one of the women she accuses of being a witch. When Abigail
witnesses Marry Warren, the Proctors servent and one of the accusers, making a puppet
and sticking a needle in it’s stomach for safe keeping Abigail knew it would be taken to
her home at the Proctors.
So she decides to claim she was stuck with a pin by Elizabeth
Proctor through the technique of voodoo and Elizabeth is arrested that night for witchery.
As for McCarthy he accuses anyone he sees. He even began to question the integrity of
George C. Marshall and even President Eisenhower. He also, started an investigation on
the Army. He never gave any kind of reliable evidence, he just started pointing fingers.
Instead of trying to fix the problems in their society they blame the problems on
something else so they wont have to deal with them. In 1692 a few girls got sick, they
blame it on witch craft instead of thinking that maybe they were faking it or they got
some kind of unknown sickness. In 1950 people begin to think differently than one
another and have new ideas, people blame it on Communists instead of embracing the
new ideas and learning and politely debating them. Now after they accuse these people,
instead of dealing with the real issues, they force them to either declare their guilt or be
severely punished. Just like John proctor and many others who were sent to death for not
Both trials were completely deceitful and destructive to peoples lives.
None of this
would have ever happened if people would stop running away from their problems and
stop being so power hungry. I just hope that this history will not repeat it’s self again. .