GNGL and Crucible
October 6, 2009
Integrity of Edward R. Murrow and John Proctor
Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and the “Good Night, and Good Luck” are eerily similar. Both pieces deal with unfounded accusations, defenseless victims and social paranoia. Edward Murrow, the star of the movie “Good Night, and Good Luck”, is fighting against Senator Joseph McCarthy during the 1950’s phenomenon labeled “The Red Scare” in which McCarthy is accusing many Americans of Communist behavior. Arthur Miller shows this same sort of fight in his play “The Crucible”. The book deals with the Salem Witch Trials and their overwhelming affect on the town and on American society at that time. Miller’s characters John Proctor in “The Crucible” and Edward Murrow in the “Good Night, and Good Luck” both fought for a good cause; the innocence and good name of the innocent. It is the unjust and inaccurate judgment of others that motivate both characters to defend the defenseless.
Arthur Miller wrote his play to defend himself against Joseph McCarthy’s accusations. He used characters and their actions to illustrate the ignorance and injustice of such crazy allegations. In the1950’s, many Americans were accused of being communists. In many cases people were accused based on rumors and previous events or relationships. McCarthy accused Milo Radulovich, but Radulovich didn’t know what he was being accused of. Edward Murrow saw the news article on Radulovich and McCarthy’s trickle down effect. Murrow says “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty” (Good Night, and Good Luck). Just because someone has an idea that’s different from the majority does not make that person a threat to national security. McCarthy also accused a lot of Americans artists, actors and actresses in the 1950’s. Radulovich was allowed back into the Air Force when CBS aired the show about Radulovich.
It was the intense social paranoia that people were a...