What is an example of an Allegory in Act 1?

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The allegory of the entire play is the girls representing those who would call out names during the 1950s of people who were spies for or associates of or friendly with the Communist Russians. So, in Act 1, we see this start to unfold. You could consider the Putnams Senator Joe McCarthy. The Putnams seemed to encourage the girls to make the accusations, whereas McCarthy was the one who encouraged others to follow his lead in the House Committee on Un-American Activities. This process of accusing people to be put to trial would be similar to the hearings that this House Committee held in order to identify and accuse people of their communist ties during the Red Scare.

Both scenarioes are often referred to as witch-hunts and we have had several since and will continue to have them in the future.