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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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I first read this play in school and only years later actually saw it performed. To really appreciate it, you have to see it and not only read it. A shocking revelation of the results of mass hysteria and selfish lies. ( )
  tashlyn88 | Feb 5, 2016 |
recorded in 1972 ... directed by John Berry...full cast recording

the highs and lows of speech make this difficult to hear without continual adjustment
but...note the recording date...
Unfortunately it bothered me and I probably missed some important conversation.

3.5*.....recorded as 3.0r ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 28, 2016 |
Would you lie to save your life? What would you be willing to do for love? What is justice? These questions are presented with drama and suspense in The Crucible. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
Would you lie to save your life? What would you be willing to do for love? What is justice? These questions are presented with drama and suspense in The Crucible. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
The 4 act play is set in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, and deals with the hysteria surrounding the Salem witch trials. Teen aged Abigail Williams has been having an illicit affair with John Proctor, who is married to the pious Elizabeth. After John refuses to continue seeing Abigail the young girl decides to accuse Elizabeth of witchcraft, hoping that Elizabeth will be hanged and John will be free to be with Abigail. Soon dozens of Salem's citizens are also accused of dealing with the devil and the infamous witch trials commence. The accused are all sentenced to death by hanging unless they confess. Those who steadfastly plead their allegiance to God are called liars and sent to the gallows. Both Elizabeth and John Proctor are arrested although both insist they are innocent. Dishonest citizens find the turmoil to be convenient way to rid Salem of rivals, those whose land and livestock they covet, and those who are seen as different in any way.

This is the first time I have read this and I was very surprised at what a frightening story this turned out to be. The play is based on true events from the Salem Witch Trials and I cannot image what a terrifying time that must have been. So many people were put to death because others willingly lied. It is hard to believe that just a few accusers could cause so much damage. Of course, history has seen this happen time and time again. Scary stuff.
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
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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.
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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