Another of the first accused was shunned because she had a child out of wedlock. Red Scare While formed to find covert communists, it was more commonly used to silence people and organizations that they, the powers that be, did not agree with.
The Crucible. By deflecting blame onto others, this protects them from condemnation since they helped to expose others engaged with the supernatural. Instead of using reason and sensibility, their naivety in the situation resulted in an overall reaction of fear and madness. A major portion of the population is led to plead guilty in order to save their reputation, have their reputation ruined by pleading innocent, or ruin their reputations so as to protect others.
The room evolves into chaos, with Betty crying for her dead mother and wishing to fly.
Miller represented the Hollywood elite with the people of Salem, The Communists were represented as witches, and McCarthy was represented by Abigail and those making the unfounded accusations.