The Crucible

The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts

Non-Fiction, Screen & Performing Arts, Theatre, Plays & Playscripts
Paperback Published on: 24/02/2000
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The Crucible
Powerful
I remember reading this and being absolutely entranced by it. Set in Salem in the late 1600s we are instantly transported to an atmosphere of hysteria. A p... READ MORE
Hannah Mulligan Ward at Woking

Synopsis

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 American anti-communist purges led by Senator McCarthy 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. A depiction of innocent men and women destroyed by malicious rumour, The Crucible is also a powerful indictment of McCarthyism and the 'frontier mentality' of Cold War America.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141182551
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Weight: 120g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 14 mm

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