The Crucible : A Play in Four Acts, Paperback

The Crucible : A Play in Four Acts Paperback

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series

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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780141182551



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Read aloud in a HS classroom wherein a large subset of the boys snickered any time the name Tituba was pronounced. That aside, I enjoyed it very much.

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