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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

The Crucible (original 1953; edition 2003)

by Arthur Miller

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Title:The Crucible
Authors:Arthur Miller
Info:Penguin Classics (2003), Edition: 1, Paperback, 143 pages
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller (1953)


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Man, I haven't read this since high school. In fact, this is the same copy.

Miller shows the dangers of a true theocracy by dramatizing the events of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Watching a group of young girls successfully convince a whole town that witchcraft is afoot and everyone who stands against them is in league with the devil is a horrifying thought, especially when the masters of the court not only believe them, but refuse to change their stance once the girls run away and steal the preacher's money.

Reading through this again, I don't remember ever taking a look at Act Two, Scene 2 in the Appendix. This was a rather fascinating scene, because it showed Proctor's willingness to take his wife's advice and try to talk Abby out of her dangerous game, as well as Abby's pure madness and resolve in seeing her sick joke to the end, no matter the consequence. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Feb 28, 2015 |
I think this play is one that's better seen, rather than read. Some plays are excellent as text (12 Angry Men, Glass Menagerie, about half of Shakespeare's works), but this one just didn't do it for me. ( )
  benuathanasia | Jan 3, 2015 |
"A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it is my face and yours, Danforth! For them that quail to bring men out of ignorance, as I have quailed, and as you quail now when you know in all your black hearts that this be fraud—God damns our kind especially, and we will burn, we will burn together!"

"Let you not mistake your duty as I mistook my own. I came into this village like a bridegroom to his beloved, bearing gifts of high religion; the very crowns of holy law I brought, and what I touched with my bright confidence, it died; and where I turned the eye of my great faith, blood flowed up. Beware, Goody Proctor—cleave to no faith when faith brings blood. It is mistaken law that leads you to sacrifice. Life, woman, life is God's most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it." ( )
  gvenezia | Dec 26, 2014 |
This play dramatizes the events of the Salem witch trials and the terrible decisions people had to make. Accused of witchcraft they either faced the gallows or confessed to the crime and lived with a lie. And all because of some frightened girls.

For me, this play started slow and it took a while to attune to the language. By the fourth act I was immersed in the speech and the plot. ( )
  mamzel | Nov 3, 2014 |
Very long for a play. The subject and characters are wonderful, but I think it could have and should have been tightened up to make it better theatre. It reads very well as a piece of fiction, but reading a play isn't the point. Overall, a very fine (if long) play. ( )
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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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