The Crucible - Arthur Miller & Christopher W. E. Bigsby

The Crucible

By Arthur Miller & Christopher W. E. Bigsby

  • Release Date: 1953-04-01
  • Genre: Theater
Score: 3.5
3.5
From 185 Ratings

Description

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

Reviews

  • Love!!!

    5
    By Katiequeener
    Arthur Miller is one of my favorite playwrights of all time. The Crucible gives us a look of the Salem Witch Trials as well as what Arthur Miller thought of the MacArthur Trials of his time. The similarities are very shocking. This is just an amazing story written by an amazing playwright.
  • More relevant all the time

    5
    By RussRaider
    Miller's use of history as allegory becomes more important as ignorance re-establishes itself as king. Nowadays, it seems people want to slip into ignorance to avoid the harsh realities of a world grown too complex to comprehend. Of course, I suppose this is nothing new, but perhaps the myriad of opportunities for educating oneself make it more ironic. The Parrises of the world applaud this development because they aim to swoop in and claim their prizes. Will you keep your soul or sell it to Danforth?