The Crucible

The Crucible

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Trade Paper, Penguin Books, 2003, ISBN# 0142437336
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A play revealing the Salem witch trials of the late seventeenth century and the problem of guilt by association.

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A play revealing the Salem witch trials of the late seventeenth century and the problem of guilt by association.

From Arthur Miller, America's most celebrated playwright, a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria, inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist "witch-hunts" in the 1950s
"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. 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, just after Miller received a Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman," "The Crucible" mirrors 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 with diabolical malevolence."

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Number of Pages: 176
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Subject: AMERICAN FICTION (FICTIONAL WORKS BY ONE AUTHOR)
Author: Miller, Arthur
Target Audience: Trade
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN-13: 9780142437339
Fiction/Nonfiction: Y
Brand: Generic
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.25 x 7.75 x 0.50 Inches
ISBN-10: 0142437336
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