Cover of: Crucible | Arthur Miller

About the Book

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 illuminate 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.

First Sentence

In Salem, Massachusetts, a dozen teen-age girls and a black slave woman are caught dancing in the woods around a bubbling cauldron.

The Physical Object

Format Hardcover
Dimensions 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
Weight 12.8 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library OL9658688M
Internet Archive crucible00mill
ISBN 10 0395775515
ISBN 13 9780395775516
Library Thing 22988
Goodreads 1674630

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