Puritans believed that no sin should go unpunished in the eyes of God.Both being a “witch” and committing adultery were major sins according to the Puritans.Both events were irrational fears that witchcraft and communism were going to change the face of society if drastic measures were not taken.
The desperate struggle to keep witchcraft in check and save the society backfires.
The horrific end result of the hysteric witch-hunt is the hanging of nineteen people, and that destroyed lives of many more.
It is evident that this hysteria ruined the lives of many people, due to the constant accusations of witches and communists.
The events that led up to the Salem witch trails and Mc Carthyism was also similar.
The Puritans in those times were very strict in personal habits and morality; swearing, drunkenness and gambling would be punished.
The people of Salem believed in the devil and thought that witchcraft should be hunted out.
They both connect to how the Puritans actually lived.
One way Proctor’s experiences were not the same as a normal Puritan’s would’ve been is the fact that the judge would’ve let him live in peace with no jail time if he confessed.
From a closer look at the story gives the readers an insight into the emotional repression that chains the people of Salem, and the massive hysteria that results when that chain is broken.
Teenage girls dancing naked around a fire reveals the inner feelings of sexual lust, a feeling that cannot be expressed freely in a Puritan society.