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The Crucible (Penguin Plays) (original 1953; edition 1976)

by Arthur Miller

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Title:The Crucible (Penguin Plays)
Authors:Arthur Miller
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1976), Edition: 49th, Paperback, 152 pages
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller (1953)

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A history lesson of the witch trials and the role hysteria can play in affecting a person's psyche. Portrays human nature very well. Great resource for a literature class. ( )
  megsrene | Feb 3, 2014 |
This is a play, telling the story of the Salem witch trials of 1692.

It was o.k. I don't usually read plays (though I think this was one I read in high school), so it was a bit different for me. Of course, in order to make it a play, a lot had to be cut out, and only certain people were focused on. There were definitely some dramatic moments that made it a little more exciting at various points. It's a quick read. ( )
  LibraryCin | Nov 11, 2013 |
A classic. Hated it when I first read it. Now I love it. So many levels of honesty and bravery. Redefines winning and losing. ( )
  TJWilson | Oct 13, 2013 |
Hallucinogens. Powerful stuff. ( )
  autumnleaving | Sep 27, 2013 |
I thouroughly enjoyed the play, although it wasn't quite what I expected. I think the play's more about a broader sense of suspicion and mob mentality than it just being limited to an allegory on McCarthyism, but overall Miller does a wonderful job of showing the tricks and consequences of a little white lie spinning out of control. Abigail is a fascinating character. I didn't feel like the constant narration was particularly useful or necessary. I can understand it from the point of view of his constant interruptions showing the play as a piece of fiction and not completely realistic, something to remind the audience/reader to pay attention to the issues being discussed rather than the more traditional dramatic experience. It's Brecht-lite in a sense (guess which pretentious degree I'm studying for!) but it felt a tad overdone. The play is effective on its own merits and works as a strong, powerful allegory without Miller having to remind us that it is an allegory. It's definitely one of the plays any drama/literature nerd should check out in their lifetime. ( )
  Ceilidhann | Sep 20, 2013 |
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A small upper bedroom in the home of Reverend Samuel Parris, Salem, Massachusetts, in the spring of the year 1692.
A Note on the Historical Accuracy of This Play

This play is not history in the sense in which the word is used by the academic historian.
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PROCTOR: I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation. Take it to heart, Mr. Parris. There are many others who stay away from church these days because you hardly ever mention God any more.
PARRIS: There is a party in this church. I am not blind; there is a faction and a party.

PROCTOR: Against you?
PUTNAM: Against him and all authority.
PROCTOR: Why, then I must find it and join it.
PARRIS. Why could there not have been poppets hid where no one ever saw them?

PROCOTR. There might also be a dragon with five legs in my house, but no one has ever seen it.
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Arthur Miller's, The Cucible, is a play that is based on the tragic event in history of the Salem Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Presenting the themes of right and wrong, truth and decit, and prejudice and accepance, The Crucible causes its readers to reflect on their own morals and standards along with informing them of a terrible moment in America's past where many innocent people lost their lives. I really enjoyed this book; and the ideas and challenges it presents seem to be very valuable and insighful.
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Based on historical people and real events, Arthur Miller's play uses the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence unleashed by the rumors of witchcraft as a powerful parable about McCarthyism.

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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 in an introduction to The Crucible, 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 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. 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 meets with diabolical malevolence."… (more)

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