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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An astonishing, thought-provoking play
When I first began reading The Crucible, I must admit that I found the first scene rather slow, describing as it did the petty arguments and goings-on of Salem. However, as the action progressed, I became fascinated by the principal characters, and the bizarre factionalism that, bolstered by God's apparent support, tyrannically grips the town.
My father acted John Hale of Beverly when he was younger, and I hope very much to one day see this play performed or to act in it myself. The Crucible is absorbing both in its style and in its symbolic significance, and, at only 115 pages, is a gem in terms of readability.
If you're interested in American history, theocracy, the Supernatural or human nature, pure and simple, this play is definitely worth your time.
realy good book!! :)