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An edition of The Crucible (1953)

The Crucible

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  • 3.45 ·
  • 38 Ratings
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  • 58 Have read
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Penguin Books
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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 violence.

Written 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 equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence."
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Published in

New York

Edition Notes

US/CAN

Copyright Date
1995

Classifications

Library of Congress
PS3525.I316

Contributors

Introduction
Christopher Bigsby

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
xxv, 143p.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL31443293M
Internet Archive
crucibleplayinfo0612mill
ISBN 10
0142437336
ISBN 13
9780142437339
Paperback Swap
0142437336
Amazon ID (ASIN)
0142437336
Goodreads
44778640

Work Description

The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692–93. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists.



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