The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts

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Penguin Books Limited, Oct 6, 2011 - Drama - 128 pages
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Arthur Miller's classic parable of mass hysteria draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch-hunt of 1692 - 'one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history' - and the McCarthyism which gripped America in the 1950s. The story of how the small community of Salem is stirred into madness by superstition, paranoia and malice, culminating in a violent climax, is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.

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I dislike people who dislike tragedies. This is a very bold, very effective piece of socially functional literature. Unlike stories where nothing bad ever happens, this story recognizes the real evils of two eras in American History. You should hate Abigail, but not the story, because its message is uplifting and optimistic if you take the time to analyze it. The dramatic tension does have a few points where it his an emotional ceiling, making it a little bombastic at times, but overall, that does not detract from the fact that this is a story everyone should read, know, and understand.You'll be better for it. 

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This book is terrible, The language is primitive and the story line is basic, kids in grade one are taught to write like this. If you like books from this era, have a look at the Frankenstein. Frankenstein is a fine representation of old modern English with a great story line that has just been remade into a movie in 2012. To wrap it up, this book is an exaggeration of what happened in the real Salem witch hunt and was a very dark time for Americans in this year. As an experienced and renown poet and narrative in Australia, this book is a waste of time and effort just reading it let alone getting anything out of this.
Chris Beni
Author Since Grade 5 English

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About the author (2011)

Arthur Miller was born in New York City in 1915 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. He has also written 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 most recent works include a memoir, Timebends (1987), and the plays The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1993), which won the Olivier Award for Best Play of the London Season, and Mr. Peter's Connections (1998). He has twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and in 1949 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

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