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The Crucible

A Play in Four Acts

by Arthur Miller

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Published by Penguin Books in New York, N. Y., USA .
Written in English

  • Salem (Mass.)
    • Subjects:
    • Trials (Witchcraft) -- Drama,
    • Salem (Mass.) -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Drama

    • About the Edition

      "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 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".
      (back cover)

      Edition Notes

      StatementArthur Miller ; with an introduction by Christopher Bigsby.
      SeriesPenguin Twentieth-Century Classics
      LC ClassificationsPS3525.I5156 C7 1995
      The Physical Object
      Paginationxxv, 143 p. ;
      Number of Pages143
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL935194M
      ISBN 100140189645
      ISBN 109780140189643
      LC Control Number95236652
      OCLC/WorldCa33256495, 716688644

      When asked to reveal the source of his information, Giles refuses, fearing that he or she will also be arrested. John Proctora local farmer and husband of Elizabeth, enters. John, in despair and having given up all hope, declares that " God is dead ", and is arrested. John Proctor arrives to find Mary and send her home. Abigail and the girls run about screaming, claiming Mary's spirit is attacking them in the form of a yellow bird, which nobody else is able to see. Take for example, Dr.

      Abigail coerces and threatens the others to "stick to their story" of merely dancing in the woods. Instead, it will prove to be very Proctor's friend Giles Corey was actually pressed to death a month after Proctor's execution; however, Miller juxtaposes his death and Proctor's. Giles Corey submits his own deposition, accusing Thomas Putnam of forcing his daughter to accuse George Jacobs in order to buy up his land as convicted witches have to forfeit all of their property. Read More A: There is indeed. Proctor refuses, because he wishes only to keep his good name for the respectability of his children.

      Copy to Clipboard. Putnam accuses Proctor of stealing wood from land that he does not own, but Proctor defends himself, stating that he purchased the land from Francis Nurse five months ago. John Proctor returns home late after a long day planting in the fields, and Elizabeth suspects that he has been in the village. That seems like such a contradiction. When the girls are brought in, they turn the tables by accusing Mary of bewitching them.

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The Crucible book

Proctor and Elizabeth discuss their children, and Elizabeth tells him how Giles Corey died: when he refused to answer yes or no to his indictment, and was thus pressed with stones until he would answer.

Putnam declares that Tituba must be hanged, but Hale confronts her. And there are even stronger programs on the horizon. A servant girl and part of Abigail's inner circle. Reverend Hale arrives and begins his investigation. Abigail denies Mary Warren's charge, however, and she and the others claim that Mary Warren is sending out her spirit against them in the court.

Elizabeth denies all belief in witchcraft, for she believes that the devil cannot take a woman's soul if she is truly upright. When the trials begin, he is appointed as a prosecutor and helps convict the majority of those accused of witchcraft. John is reluctant, fearing that doing so will require him to publicly reveal his past adultery.

He moved to Concord in or Not knowing that her husband has confessed it, Elizabeth lies about the affair and is returned to jail. Donna Strickland from Canada, who won the Nobel Prize this year for physics.

The Crucible

After Proctor agrees that Elizabeth would never lie, the court summons Elizabeth and questions her about the affair. Proctor reveals his affair with Abigail to show that she's dishonest.

Marshal Herrick then arrives and arrests Elizabeth.

Essay about The Crucible by Arthur Miller

He only gave the words "more weight" before they crushed him. Danforth demands a written confession and, to prove the purity of his soul, he demands that Proctor accuse others. Type the author's last name, followed by a comma and one space. You also claim in the foreword to your novel that those who read your book risk dooming themselves forever?

Mary tells that thirty-nine have been arrested so far accused as witches, and they might be hanged. Parris lives with his daughter and his seventeen-year old niece, Abigail Williamsan orphan who witnessed her parents' murder by the Indians.

The Crucible Summary & Study Guide

Abigail slaps and threatens Betty into submission, and tells the rest of the group if they admit anything happened that night besides dancing, she will hunt them down in the night and do them great harm. Abigail threatens them, warning them not to say anything more than that they danced and Tituba conjured Ruth's sisters.

During a time when the U. Abigail and the other girls seize the moment to pretend Mary is attacking them with her spirit. As Proctor angrily denies it, Hale arrives to investigate the Proctors. Arthur Miller used dialogue within the characters to cover the multiple themes; conflicts and resolutions, plus the few directions for the different actions of the play.

Before leaving, Giles fatefully remarks that he has noticed his wife reading unknown books and asks Hale to look into it. Cite this Literature Note About The Crucible Inspired by the McCarthy hearings of the s, Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, focuses on the inconsistencies of the Salem witch trials and the extreme behavior that can result from dark desires and hidden agendas.

The five-act structure evolved from a three-act structure, which was made famous by Roman Aelius Donatus. The action begins in the home of Reverend Parris, whose daughter Betty lies unconscious and appears very ill.

Officers of the court suddenly arrive and arrest Elizabeth. Rollins has truly secured his claim as heir to the best of Michael Crichton.This book was a fucking disgrace 1/10 FUCK THIS BOOK.

In The Crucible (), a play about bigotry in the Salem witchcraft trials ofMiller brings into focus the social tragedy of a society gone mad, as well as the agony of a heroic individual. The play was generally considered to be a comment on the McCarthyism of its time/5(12).

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The importance of having a good name is stressed throughout this play, and is a. Free download or read online The Crucible pdf (ePUB) book. The first edition of the novel was published inand was written by Arthur Miller.

The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of pages and is available in Paperback format. The main characters of this classics, plays story are Rev. Parris, Tituba/5. The Crucible Summary Next. Act 1. In the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts inthe town minister, Reverend Parris, discovers his daughter Betty, niece Abigail, and other girls dancing in the forest with his slave Tituba.

Betty faints in fright at being discovered, and will not wake. Rumors of witchcraft spread through the town and a.

The Crucible is a play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in .