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I believe that the reader will discover here the essential nature of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history Arthur Miller wrote of his classic play about the witch hunts and trials in seventeenth century Salem Massachusetts Based on historical people and real events Miller's drama is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria In the rigid theocracy of Salem rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town's most basic fears and suspicions; and when a young girl accuses Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch self righteous church leaders and townspeople insist that Elizabeth be brought to trial The ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor brilliantly illuminates the destructive power of socially sanctioned violenceWritten in 1953 The Crucible is a mirror Miller uses to reflect the anti communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy's witch hunts in the United States Within the text itself Miller contemplates the parallels writing Political opposition is given an inhumane overlay which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized behavior A political policy is euated with moral right and opposition to it with diabolical malevolenceWIth an introduction by Christopher Bigsbyback cover The Crucible

About the Author: Arthur Miller

Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright and essayist He was a prominent figure in American literature and cinema for over 61 years writing a wide variety of plays including celebrated plays such as The Crucible A View from the Bridge All My Sons and Death of a Salesman which are still studied and performed worldwide Miller was often in the public eye most famously for refusing to g

10 thoughts on “The Crucible

  1. says:

    I hate to rate this so low when it seems that the only people who do so are those forced to read it by a cruel teacher I'm even troubled by the fact that I haven't seen anyone else bring up what bothers me about this playYes it's well written that is the dialogue is expertly handled There are truly beautiful passages such as this one I came into this village like a bridegroom to his beloved bearing gifts of high r

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    JOHN PROCTOR What what are we doing here? Where are we?ELIZABETH PROCTOR We're in a review John JOHN PROCTOR A review?JOHN HALE Yes a review Newt Gingrich has been encouraging people to read The Crucible We've agreed to help himSAMUEL PARRIS It's our duty John We're in the middle of the second worst witch hunt in American history JOHN PROCTOR The second worst?SAMUEL PARRIS Yes the second worst After what's going to ha

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    A masterpiece in the history of Theatrehow can one put into words all the feelings that come to surface when you read The Crucible? What makes it even shuttering is the fact that it has always been relevant to any era because it represents the fear in front of something we cannot understand and the need to create witch hunts in order to cover up our own faults as human beings and as members of our socities John Proctor

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    This is a magnificent play about what happens when hysteria takes over a society and evil people gain access to the levers of power; something alas which happens all too freuentlyThe focus of the story is John Proctor's struggle to redeem himself from the horrible guilt he has suffered since committing adultery with Abigail This is indeed very moving But for some reason the part I think of most often is a detail concerning

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    I may be in the minority here but I love me a female villain that has little to no redeemable ualities Not even kidding This could be because almost every single thing Americans read in high school involves a male narrator TKAM is the exception and Scout Finch is a tomboy so surrounded by terrible women whose sole purpose is to somehow ruin the man’s life Why do I love these despicable women? Because it’s fun finding reaso

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    “Because it is my name Because I cannot have another in my life”The Crucible is many things A piece of great American theatre a gift to actors and a wonderful read One thing it is not is a piece of history so be warned Too many people read this as a historical text despite Arthur Miller's explicit instructions in the play's notes to not do so and thus they miss the forest for the trees This is not an examination of the Salem

  7. says:

    Book Review I may be a little unpopular with my 3 of 5 stars rating for The Crucible a play by Arthur Miller but in my world a 3 means it's your generally good bookplaymovie with some great things some bad things and an overall yeah you should probably read itThe topic Salem Witch Trials one of my absolute favorite time periods in American history to research Miller is brilliant I acknowledge it He bring suspense timing and chari

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    Recently a group of students allegedly shouted anti India slogans at the Jawaharlal Nehru University JNU in Delhi and the political and religious conservatives in India went virtually mad Soon any criticism of India was seen as unpatriotic and traitorous The JNU a leftist stronghold and a thorn in the flesh of the Hindu Right Wing government at the centre was termed a positive hotbed of crime and vice and a recruiting ground for terror

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    “The Devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone”Based on historical people and real events The Crucible is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteriaThe Crucible provides such an interesting insight into the mass hysteria and paranoia brewing in Salem Massachusetts in the seventeenth century Although perhaps watching a production of this play would be enthralling than reading it I was tad bored at t

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    A fascinating exploration of the conseuences of unuestioned power though an awful portrayal of women I appreciated Arthur Miller bringing attention to the Salem Witch Trials and anti communist hysteria I hated how he treated Abigail and the other female characters in this story as crazy and antagonizing Yes Abigail's actions posed major problems but Miller portrays John Proctor the man who has illicit sex with her as a martyr Miller grants t

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