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The Crucible still has permanence and relevance a half century after its initial publication. This powerful political drama set amidst the Salem witch trials is commonly understood as Arthur Miller's poignant response to McCarthyism. Filled with fresh essays about the play, the new edition of this invaluable literary guide features a bibliography and notes on the essay contributors.

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Genre: Electronic books
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2008
File: 232 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780791098288

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Discusses the writing of The crucible by Arthur Miller. Includes critical essays on the work and a brief biography of the author.

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Genre: Salem (Mass.)
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2010
File: 232 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781604138153

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A haunting examination of groupthink and mass hysteria in a rural community 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 witch-hunting, 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

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Genre: Drama
Author: Arthur Miller
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 1976-10-28
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781101665008

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Collects essays debating the theme of justice in Miller's "The Crucible," with topics ranging from parallels with McCarthyism and governmental hysteria following the September 11th terrorist attacks.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Claudia Durst Johnson
Publisher: Greenhaven Press, Incorporated
Release: 2009
File: 149 Pages
ISBN-13: 0737743891

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An overview of the play features a biographical sketch of the author, a list of characters, a summary of the plot, and critical and analytical essays about the work.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2004-01
File: 94 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780791078761

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Release: 2015-09-24
File: 15 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781410334824

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This Companion provides an introduction to one of the most important playwrights of the twentieth century.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Christopher Bigsby
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release: 1997-11-13
File: 277 Pages
ISBN-13: 0521559928

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Genre: Historical drama, American
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Publisher: Pearson South Africa
Release: 2009
File: 56 Pages
ISBN-13: 1770254986

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Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,7, Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Proseminar: Lost in Literature, language: English, abstract: What happened in Salem, in 1692, is today described as one of the darkest episodes in American history. Still today, historians try to find out what caused the disastrous outbreak of the witch craze but the only thing they can be sure about is that they can not explain why so many people had to die. “Accusations of witchcraft were not unusual in the seventeenth-century world [...]” What was so special about the time and place that such an outbreak of random accusations became possible? “[...] “Salem” has become an icon in American culture. The trials have become a metaphor for hysterical prosecution, unfounded accusations, and confessions that have no reasonable explanation.” Believe in witchcraft had existed for hundreds of years before the hysteria broke out in Salem. The colonists who came to Massachusetts had a strong belief in the devil and his agents and were mainly Puritans, who came to America to gain religious freedom. There are many things you could compare between the historical account of the witch hunt and Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible. This paper is going to analyse the portrayal of a Puritan society in Miller’s play and will try to find out whether the religion of the people and therewith their way of life have caused the rising of the witch scare and the horrible outcome for the characters in the play. It is going to be analysed why normal people start accusing their neighbours and friends for witchcraft although many of them are aware of the consequences for the accused. At first it is going to be described how Arthur Miller informed himself about the happenings of 1692 in order to underline his credibility of being able to create the Puritan society of that time. In the following the terms ‘Puritanism’ and ‘Puritan’ will be briefly defined. The main part of the paper will concentrate on the analysis of Puritan traits, beliefs, and lifestyles in The Crucible in order to find out whether they might have played a part in the catastrophe.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Anika Kehl
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Release: 2014-08-21
File: 19 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783656724636

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Seminar paper from the year 2016 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1.7, University of Bonn (Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie), course: American Drama, language: English, abstract: The Salem witch hunt and the McCarthy era – they are definitely two of the rather unpleasant chapters of American history to think of. Even though there are more than 250 years of distance between these two periods, there are still several parallels to be perceived. One might say: History repeats itself! One of the attempts to combine the events of 1692 and the 1950s, and point out their similarities, was made by America’s famous playwright Arthur Miller. "The Crucible" was written in 1953 and is set in 1692 Salem. The play would become by far Arthur Miller’s most frequently performed play. In the context of McCarthyism, the audiences soon interpreted the play as a veiled attack on the current chase after Communists in the country. However, Arthur Miller time and again denied such an intention, but it appears conceivable that the play was shaped, in a way, by Miller’s experiences during McCarthyism. The work in hands is supposed to find out, whether "The Crucible" can be referred to as a play with a dual historical context. In the first chapter of the work, the apparent historical background, the Salem witch trials of 1692, will be outlined briefly. Following this, the play’s formation context, America’s 1950s and McCarthyism, will be thematized. As Arthur Miller experienced the consequences of the 20th century witch hunt himself, chapter four deals with his experiences with McCarthyism and how it might have affected him writing the play. The next chapter, then, analyzes "The Crucible" in more detail and points out passages that can be related to the events of the 1950s and potentially contain hidden criticism. Finally, in chapter six there will be an attempt to give an answer to the question, whether "The Crucible" can be considered a play with a dual historical context or not. As many of the documents of the Salem witch trials still exist, the course of events can easily be reconstructed. With regard to the events of the 1950s, documents are mainly retained by the FBI, but, however, a few surveys of accused people could be reconstructed either by reports of the accused or by tapes and documents that were somehow not kept under wraps by the FBI. As Arthur Miller is one of America’s most famous playwrights, his plays evoked the interest of many scholars over the last decades.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Deborah Heinen
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Release: 2016-06-28
File: 17 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783668247840

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