The Crucible by Arthur Miller, 1953

Well, after a trip to the library I came back with way more books than I could read before the due date and one of them was The Crucible by Arthur Miller. I don’t read much plays nor poetry but many years ago, I read Death of a Salesman and LOVED it so I picked up The Crucible. More of the reading was done on a magnificent beach in a little New South Wales Town… paradise…

A few facts about Arthur Miller…His most well known work is of course Death Of a Salesman which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1950. He’s also known for being Marilyn Monroe’s husband in the 50’s. He wrote about 60 plays for stage, TV or radio.

The Crucible takes place during the Salem witch trials in 1692. The plot shows how a few little girls trying to cover for a minor fault end up using witchcraft accusations to get back at the people they don’t like. The main story is between Elisabeth and John Proctor and Abigail Williams. Abigail used to be a servant at the Proctor’s house until Elisabeth noticed that something was going on between the young girl and her husband. She chased the young lady and the last will make accusations about Elisabeth. John, repenting for his mistakes, will try to save his wife.

Miller makes interesting parallels between the Salem withc hunt and the McCarthyism that was roaring at the time he wrote the play.

It was  really an enjoyable reading;

I’d give it a 7/10!



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