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The Crucible (Penguin Plays) [Paperback]

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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.96" Width: 4.98" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1976
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  18
ISBN  0140481389  
EAN  9780140481389  

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The play centers on the Salem witch trials of the late seventeenth century and the problem of guilt by association

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A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community
The place is Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, an enclave of rigid piety huddled on the edge of a wilderness. Its inhabitants believe unquestioningly in their own sanctity. But in Arthur Miller's edgy masterpiece, that very belief will have poisonous consequences when a vengeful teenager accuses a rival of witchcraft--and then when those accusations multiply to consume the entire village.
First produced in 1953, at a time when America was convulsed by a new epidemic of witch-hunting, "The Crucible" brilliantly explores the threshold between individual guilt and mass hysteria, personal spite and collective evil. It is a play that is not only relentlessly suspenseful and vastly moving but that compels readers to fathom their hearts and consciences in ways that only the greatest theater ever can.
"A drama of emotional power and impact" --"New York Post"

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More About Arthur Miller, Mary C. Waters, Marisa Gerstein Pineau, Jackie Heckt, Celeste Bishop, E. A. Conwell & Eric Kingson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1963), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972) and The American Clock (1980). He also wrote two novels, Focus (1945), and The Misfits, which was filmed in 1960, and the text for In Russia (1969), Chinese Encounters (1979), and In the Country (1977), three books of photographs by his wife, Inge Morath. His later work included a memoir, Timebends (1987); the plays The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1994), and Mr. Peter's Connections (1999); Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays, 1944-2000; and On Politics and the Art of Acting (2001). He twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Miller was the recipient of the National Book Foundation's 2001 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters in 2002, and the Jerusalem Prize in 2003.

Christopher Bigsby is a professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. He edited the Penguin Classics editions of Miller's The Crucible, Death of a Salesman, and All My Sons.

Arthur Miller was born in 1915 and died in 2005.

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Interesting take on the Salem witch trials  Apr 25, 2010
This play is pretty historically accurate on its portrayal of the Salem witch trials, and shows how religion played a huge role in governing the people of the early british colonies in America. The characters are pretty interesting and explores human morality and the importance of a man's reputation. This was not ones of America's smartest moments and teaches us how our history was a little screwed up when religion controlled everything. The girls were pretty messed up and you sometimes wonder why they set everything up and preteneded to be witches. This play is an interesting one, but I don't think its anything that is an absolute must read.
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Arthur Miller's Classic Drama  Jun 10, 2009
Arthur Miller's classic play offers an unparalleled view into basic human nature. The story, set during the Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s, centers around the relationship between protagonist, John Proctor, antagonist Abigail Williams and Proctor's wife Elizabeth. The beginning of the play portrays the circumstances that caused the trials to begin. As the trials proceed Proctor struggles with his own pride as he debates whether or not to release certain furtive information. The uncovering of which could end the vindictive trials by exposing the leader of the prosecution, Abigail, as a fraud, As progressively more people are accused and incarcerated, the facade of Salem fades as true motivations for the accusations are unveiled. Proctor struggles with his pride as the hangings begin. The lives of the accused come to depend upon whether hubris will prevent Proctor from giving the authorities the truth. Elizabeth's presence is that of a wife who has been shamed by her husband's lust for another, yet she bears this burden as a saint, her presence tempers and guides John through his journey. When Abigail accuses Elizabeth, Elizabeth's life along with that of the others incarcerated depend upon John's confession.
At the time of the play's publication the country was going through another witch-hunt. Miller wrote this play in response to the Red Scare of the 1950s led by Joe McCarthy. Miller himself was asked to give the House Un-American Activities Committee lists of people he knew to be communists. Miller's play is timeless in its ability to relate times of hysteria and irrational discrimination throughout history. Modern examples include: AID's hysteria, McCarthyism, Japanese internment camps, and post 9/11 anti-Middle Eastern sentiments. Human nature is constant and the basic inclinations toward jealousy, vengefulness, pride, vanity, and guilt will always remain. Miller's ability to create characters whose emotions and reactions are ageless creates this classic piece of American Literature.

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