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The Resource The crucible : a play in four acts, Arthur Miller ; with an introduction by Christopher Bigsby

The crucible : a play in four acts, Arthur Miller ; with an introduction by Christopher Bigsby

Label
The crucible : a play in four acts
Title
The crucible
Title remainder
a play in four acts
Statement of responsibility
Arthur Miller ; with an introduction by Christopher Bigsby
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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."
Cataloging source
IUL
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1915-2005
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Miller, Arthur
Dewey number
812/.52
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3525.I5156
LC item number
C9 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Penguin classics
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  • Salem (Mass.)
  • Trials (Witchcraft)
Label
The crucible : a play in four acts, Arthur Miller ; with an introduction by Christopher Bigsby
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
ocm52062117
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xxv, 143 p.
Isbn
9780142437339
System control number
(OCoLC)52062117
Label
The crucible : a play in four acts, Arthur Miller ; with an introduction by Christopher Bigsby
Publication
Control code
ocm52062117
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xxv, 143 p.
Isbn
9780142437339
System control number
(OCoLC)52062117

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