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The Crucible

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176 pages

"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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The Crucible
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The Crucible
2009, Penguin USA, Inc.
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The Crucible
May 21, 2004, Prentice-Hall
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The Crucible
2003, Penguin Books
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The Crucible
2003, Penguin Books
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Crucible
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The crucible: a play in four acts
2003, Penguin Books
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Crucible
April 2002, Turtleback Books Distributed by Demco Media
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The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts
2002, Penguin Books
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The Crucible (L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collection)
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The Crucible
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The Crucible (Penguin Modern Classics)
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The Crucible (Penguin Plays)
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The Crucible.
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Hexenjagd
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The Crucible
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The Crucible
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The Crucible. A Play in Four Acts. ( Fremdsprachentexte). (Lernmaterialien)
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The Crucible
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CRUCIBLE
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The Crucible
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The crucible
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The Crucible
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The crucible: a play in four acts
1972, Viking Press
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1971, Viking Press
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1971, Viking Press
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The crucible: a play in four acts.
1968, Penguin
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The crucible: a play in four acts.
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Crucible: a play in four acts.
1966, Secker and Warburg
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The crucible: a play in four acts.
1965, Viking Press
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The Crucible
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The crucible: a play in four acts
1964, Viking Press
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The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts
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The crucible: a play in four acts
1959, Bantam
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The crucible: a play in four acts
1959, Bantam
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The crucible: a play in four acts
1956, Cresset Press
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The Crucible
April 1, 1953, Viking Adult
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The crucible: a play in four acts.
1953, Penguin
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The crucible: a play in four acts.
1953, Viking Press
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The crucible: a play in four acts
1953, Viking
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Crucible (0413709809)
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The Crucible.
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The Crucible

First published in 1953



Work Description

Few serious American playwrights have captured the imagination of the theater public all over the world as has Arthur Miller with DEATH OF A SALESMAN and THE CRUCIBLE. Mr. Miller's plays are rooted in a realistically critical view of American life and propelled by the intense personal conviction of a man who cares what he writes about and writes about something that matters. In THE CRUCIBLE he turns for his setting to the grim days of the Salem witch trials, and brings into urgently brilliant focus on an issue that still weighs heavily the progress of American civilization--the problem of guilt by association.



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"In 1692 nineteen men and women and two dogs were convicted and hanged for witchcraft in a small village in eastern Massachusetts."

Edition Description

"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."
--back cover

Edition Notes

Penguin Classics
US/CAN

Copyright Date
1995

Contributors

Introduction
Christopher W. E. Bigsby

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
xxv, 143p.
Number of pages
176

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OL7361006M
Internet Archive
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ISBN 10
0142437336
ISBN 13
9780142437339
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0142437336
Amazon.com
0142437336
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22988
Goodreads
44778640

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