The Crucible, the Holocaust, and the Salem Witch Trials

Throughout history, millions of people have been unjustly persecuted. In the 1940s, the Holocaust became one of the most famous genocides known to man.

Also, the witch hangings that took place during the 1600s in Salem are another prime example of people being wrongfully accused and punished. A modern day witch hunt that can relate to the Salem Witch Hunt and the Crucible due to condemnation of members of society, instinctual prejudice, estrangement of members of society, and mass hysteria, is the Holocaust. Although the two circumstances have numerous differences, the amount of similarities is appalling. As the leader of the party, Hitler had an enormous amount of control over people and the decisions they made. Because he had convinced them that the world would be a better place once all of the Jewish people had been killed, the soldiers were torturing and killing millions of Jewish people. In the similar situation written about in The Crucible, Abigail Williams convinced the town of Salem that select people throughout the town were practicing witchcraft. A trial was held to determine if the people were actually witches, and Abigail found she had great power when she blamed the people of her town. Despite the fact that Abigail was a child, the town listened to her accusations and were convinced that she was telling the truth.

Amongst the children is where Abigail’s influence was the greatest. In every situation she found herself in with the other girls, Abigail only had to lead the way in order for them to follow. Both Abigail and Hitler have parallel characteristics that enable them to have power over people’s ideas and opinions. Besides sharing similar traits, Hitler and Abigail both discriminated against people for not conforming to the norms of society. The people that were victimized in each incident were blamed because they were outsiders. Hitler attempted to kill off the Jewish people because they had different religious .

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