This quote stated by Mary Warren, how does it portray symbolism (regarding the witches trials and McCarthyism) and the significance: “What’ll we do? The village is out! I just come from the farm; the whole country is talking witchcraft! They’ll be callin’ us witches, Abby!" (Act I in The Crucible)

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The presence of fear and innuendo that seems to be infecting the village is an excellent way to describe the Red Scare that followed World War II.  The notion of "the whole country is talking" helps to bring to light the idea that individuals in the position of power are able to maximize the public fear and paranoia to consolidate their own power and their own sense of control.  The fear of what others will do is something that members of the town in the position of power are able to use to their own selfish benefit.  This is similar to McCarthy and others in the government that were the direct beneficiaries...

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