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An introduction to Arthur Miller's play, "The Crucible," discussing the author's life, the impact of the play, its plot, cast of characters, literary criticism, and pertinence for today's audiences.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: M. N. Jimerson
Publisher:
Release: 2003
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 1560069961

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Discusses the historical and social contexts of the play, and includes an analysis of its dramatic structure.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Claudia Durst Johnson
Publisher: Greenwood
Release: 1998
File: 239 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015045694091

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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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What makes geniuses different from the rest of us? What is the difference between a prodigy and a genius? Are geniuses born or made? What is creative vision and where does it come from? What are the secrets of talent? And why do great creators seem to have so many oppositions in their personalities? In this mind-expanding investigation of creativity, John Briggs reveals that there is no special trait of genius. Geniuses are not necessarily smarter or more talented than other people, but they give their attention to subtle nuances, contradictory feelings and perceptions that others experience and ignore. By focusing on sensory nuances, geniuses create themselves. Fire in the Crucible offers a compelling exploration of the roots of creativity and genius. Drawing on the lives and work of extraordinary scientists, artists, writers, composers, and inventors, Briggs shows how creative individuals exploit doubt and uncertainty, and the mental strategies and tactics they employ when they work. "In asking about creativity," he writes, "we are really asking about what is best, what is deepest in life." Fire in the Crucible draws the reader into an eye-opening journey through the inner workings of some of the greatest creative minds of all times -- and allows us to more deeply understand the nature of the creativity in our own lives and work.

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Genre: Psychology
Author: John Briggs
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Release: 2002-01-01
File: 382 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781609256579

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What makes a genius different? Is a genius born or made? In this exploration of creativity, the author reveals that there is no special trait of genius. Rather than being gifted above ordinary people, a genius will give expression to subtle nusances, and perceptions that others ignore.

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Genre: Psychology
Author: John Briggs
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Release: 2000-11-01
File: 382 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781890482770

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In Robert Ward's The Crucible: Creating an American Musical Nationalism, Robert Paul Kolt explores the life of the American composer Robert Ward through an examination of his most popular and enduring work, The Crucible. Focusing on the musical-linguistic relationships within the opera, Kolt demonstrates Ward's unique synthesis of text and music, one that lends itself to the perception of American musical nationalism. This book contains the most thorough and in-depth biography of Ward yet in print. Based on interviews with the composer, Kolt presents new information about Ward's life and career, focusing on his opera and examining the formation and construction of The Crucible's libretto and score, in turn offering new insights into the process of composing an opera. Kolt observes how the libretto's linguistic aspects helped Ward formulate the opera's melodic and rhythmic musical material. A detailed and unique analysis of the opera, particularly the musical and linguistic techniques Ward employed, demonstrates how these techniques lend themselves to the opera's reception as a work of American musical nationalism. The book also provides yet unpublished information on Arthur Miller's play, examining how it came to be written and soon after became the basis for Ward's work. Several appendixes provide a fuller picture, including a deleted scene from Miller's play and Ward's version of the scene, a chronological overview of the Salem Witchcraft Trials, and illustrations and photo reproductions from Ward's manuscript.

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Genre: Music
Author: Robert Paul Kolt
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Release: 2008-12-12
File: 266 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781461707134

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A play revealing the Salem witch trials of the late seventeenth century and the problem of guilt by association.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Arthur Miller
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2003-01-01
File: 143 Pages
ISBN-13: 0142437336

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This rich and well researched history of Widnes brings vividly to life the personalities and events of early days. It traces the development of industry and the effects of immigration, religion and sport on this fascinating social fabric. This book offers a key to understanding the growth of one of the small but most important towns of the Industrial Revolution.

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Author: Jean M. Morris
Publisher: Lulu.com
Release: 2018-03-18
File: 418 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780244075705

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Unlock the more straightforward side of The Crucible with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Crucible by Arthur Miller, a vivid allegory of the mass hysteria that swept through the town of Salem during the Salem Witch Trials. In spite of its historical subject matter, the play was chillingly topical at the time it was written: the 1950s were marked by McCarthyism, where accusations of Communism were rife and many Americans (including Miller himself) were hauled before the House Un-American Activities Committee to answer for their behaviour. Arthur Miller is considered one of the most influential dramatists of the 20th century, and The Crucible was one of his best-known plays. It remains popular today, and new productions of the play are frequently performed. Find out everything you need to know about The Crucible in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

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Genre: Study Aids
Author: Bright Summaries
Publisher: BrightSummaries.com
Release: 2019-04-03
File: 60 Pages
ISBN-13: 9782808015912

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This study examines a series of recurring patterns that can be observed in Miguel de Cervantes's Novelas ejemplares (1613). Author E. T. Aylward proposes that the precise ordering of Cervantes's twelve novellas is based on the thematic and structural patterns of the individual stories contained in the collection.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: E. T. Aylward
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
Release: 1999
File: 327 Pages
ISBN-13: 0838637779

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