The Crucible (by Arthur Miller)

The Crucible
The Crucible


ISBN: 9780142437339Number of Pages: 176
Publisher: Penguin Publishing GroupBook Title: The Crucible
Publication Year: 2003Target Audience: Trade
Author: Arthur MillerReading Age: 16+


The Crucible was created by Arthur Miller on the basis of a “witch chasing case” that falsely accused hundreds of people in Salem, Massachusetts, North America in 1692.

Under the harsh rule of the integration of politics and religion, Puritanism prevailed in that closed and backward town in the 17th century.

They set various rules and regulations, strictly prohibited any entertainment activities and excluded pagans. In such a living environment, these Puritans became narrow, selfish, superstitious and cold.

When several young girls were dancing together in the woods under the cover of darkness, the local pastor Barris found that his daughter was frightened and unconscious.

So, the pastor Barris invited the “witch driving” master Pastor Hull from other parishes to Salem to investigate.

In order to protect himself, Abig first framed the female Heinuitituba, and then the girls followed Abig to play tricks and frame others. People blamed each other under torture, which resulted in the terrible situation that more than 400 people were successively imprisoned and 72 people were hanged.

In order to learn about saving his wife Elizabeth, the hero Proctor risked his life to expose Abig’s plot and confessed that he had sexual intercourse with Abig. However, this did not prevent the religious judge from killing in the name of God. In the end, Proctor resolutely went to the gallows in order to safeguard his personal dignity.

In The Crucible , Miller satirizes the past and the present, vividly and profoundly describes the repressive atmosphere and political persecution at that time, and tries to show that people’s hearts are in danger and humanity is sinking under the rule of power, as well as people’s failure and destruction in confrontation with evil forces.

At the same time, Miller showed his firm belief in conscience and justice by shaping some righteous people who maintain dignity and face death calmly. The Crucible won the Tony Award for Best Screenplay in 1953.

The Crucible is one of the best ap lit book, Best AP Lit Book List (2022)

About the Author

Arthur Miller is an American playwright. His main works include drama Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, etc.

On October 17, 1915, Miller was born into a wealthy Jewish merchant family in New York. Miller began experimenting with drama while he was a student. In 1947, Miller became famous with All My Sons.

Death of a Salesman (1949), which took six weeks to write, won three major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, and won him international reputation.

Most of Miller’s important works were written in the 1950s, such as The Crucible, which alluded to the American political hysteria, A Memory of Two Mondays, which reflected the life of workers, and A View from the Bridge, which wrote about Italian immigrants.

After that, he wrote very little, but always made his own voice at the right time. In the early morning of February 10, 2005, Miller died of heart failure.

Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams are known as the three masters of american drama in the 20th century.

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Table of Contents

About This Volume, Robert C. Evans
The Crucible after Six Decades, Christopher Baker
Biography of Arthur Miller, Bryan Warren
Critical Contexts

  • “And so his sons will have his farm”: Primogeniture in the Plays of Arthur Miller, Stephen Marino
  • Scholarship on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible: 2000–2017, Antonio Byrd
  • The Crucible: Skepticism, Knowledge, and Tragedy, Nicolas Tredell
  • The Crucible: A Play for All Seasons: Assessment of the 1996 Film Version, Susan C. W. Abbotson

Critical Readings

  • Scapegoats, Satanism and the Sacred: Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Nicolas Tredell
  • Letters from the Past: Arthur Miller and Communism (a Self-Interview), Alan Wald
  • Christopher Bigsby on Arthur Miller’s Marxism (and Its Relevance to The Crucible), Lyndsey Diane Fifield
  • Arthur Miller’s Postwar Aesthetics and The Crucible, Robert C. Evans
  • Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Post-World War II Dystopian Writings, Robert C. Evans
  • Anti-Communist Criticism of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Johnathon T. Lawrence
  • Molly Kazan’s The Egghead as a Response to Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Robert C. Evans
  • The Crucible in Four Voices: Rouleau, Segal, Hytner, and Farber Christopher Baker
  • Nicholas Hytner’s 1996 Film Version of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible: A Survey of Reviews, Trevor Ramey
  • The Crucible on Broadway 2016: Miller’s Stodgy Shut-In gets a Wild Night Out on the Town, Thomas A. Greenfield
  • Non-Broadway Productions of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible: A Survey of Recent Stagings, Crystie Deuter
  • Arthur Miller’s The Crucible on Audio, Starring Stacy Keach and Richard Dreyfuss, Brant Pope

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