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... show more
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 witchhunting, 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
Publish date: October 28th 1976
Pages no: 152
Edition language: English
, Read For School
, Historical Fiction
, High School
When ruling is based, and made stringent, on fear of an outside opponent, and someone has the brilliant idea of escalating yet to marking a personal opponent as an outsider, and it catches. Might be easier to stomach going in without knowing how the episode goes and likely part of the reason that ...
Many people debate which play would be considered to be the greatest play written by an American and to be honest this play comes pretty close. However, I am not a really big fan of American Literature (in the same way that I am not a really big fan of Australian Literature). I think it would be str...
This is one of the few plays I remember reading in high school and I've been wanting to revisit it for a while, but never got around to it. While it isn't entirely historically accurate, I think it is a fascinating, and somewhat frightening, look at the actions of a society in the midst of hysteria....
I hate to rate this so low when it seems that the only people who do so are those forced to read it by a cruel teacher. I'm even more troubled by the fact that I haven't seen anyone else bring up what bothers me about this play.Yes, it's well written -- that is, the dialogue is expertly handled. The...
I read Death of a Salesman in high school and it did absolutely nothing for me. Now I've read this play and it also did nothing at all for me.I should like this play. I have read about the European Witch Trials, especially the Scottish ones and I find them fascinating. I am strongly interested in...