The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts
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.
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.
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