The Crucible

The Crucible 1

A Play in Four Acts

by Arthur Miller

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 22/06/2000

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Arthur Miller's classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 - 'one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history' - and the American anti-communist purges led by Senator McCarthy in the 1950s.

The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice, culminating in a violent climax, is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.

A depiction of innocent men and women destroyed by malicious rumour, The Crucible is also a powerful indictment of McCarthyism and the 'frontier mentality' of Cold War America.

ISBN:
9780141182551
9780141182551
Category:
Plays
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
22-06-2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
144
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x8mm
Weight:
0.11kg
Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller was one of America's leading dramatist.

His plays include Death of a Salesman (1940), The Crucible (1953) and A View From the Bridge (1955).

He is also the author of a novel, Focus (1945), and several non-fiction works.

Miller adapted the screenplay for The Misfits from his own short story.

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  • Quintessential mob mentality

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    Arthur Miller's The Crucible is a terrifying account of needless persecution during the Salem witch trials of the 17th Century and draws parallels to the scaremongering and unjust allegations that occurred during the McCarthy years in America. It highlights the lengths people will go to in order to conform, to save their own skins and to spite one another. The young girls in this story are infuriating and their lies and deception are only marginally less frustrating than the behaviour of the adults of authority who are unable to see the forest for the trees.

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