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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating and horrifying
Miller's title is appropriate for the play. He creates an atmosphere and mood in the play that is significant to the time that the Salem witch hunt took place and of the Puritan culture. Miller successfully captures the religious fanaticism of the period and adds it effectively to the play. I would recommend this play to everyone. It is very different to miller's other...
Published on 18 Oct 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Just what i needed
Not much to say about the book except from... if you are studying this at school for literature (in which case, unlucky) this is exactly what you need. That's about it....
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A play you have to perform, 11 Jan 2002
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Mr Adam Graham (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
I recently performed in the Crucible as Revd John Hale of Beverly and i can tell you now if you are looking for an exciting, controversial and audience grabbing play then look no further. We were sold out all nights.It is a hard play to get to grips with but fully worth it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A heretical view, 6 Mar 2006
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Peter Reeve (Thousand Oaks, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
What was Miller writing about in this play? Was it an examination of the psychological and social phenomena that led to the Salem witch trials? If so, it failed, because the story departs too much from historic fact and thus changes the motivation of the protagonists. Miller makes Abigail older and Proctor younger than they were in reality, and makes them erstwhile lovers, which they never in fact were. So Abigail is motivated by the jealousy and resentment of a spurned lover. Another character is motivated by a desire to seize the property of the victims. Although greed and the settling of old scores no doubt played a part in the terrible events of 1692, they could not have been the whole story. Deeper and broader religious forces must have been at work to bring about the execution of 20 innocent people. The Crucible does not enlighten us on what those forces were. That play remains to be written.
The conventional interpretation is that Miller was really writing about the McCarthy anti-Communist hearings, and likening them to a witch-hunt. This too is problematic. Miller draws the parallel in the notes in this book and elsewhere, but never explicitly states that it was the real, prime theme of the play. And once again, the essentially domestic and personal themes of the play do not shed light on the political forces that shaped the McCarthy hearings.
What is clear is that the play stands as a dramatic tour de force. It is a gift to actors, being one dramatic, emotional crisis after another. So, if it lacks the intellectual density that Miller said he aimed at after his success with Death of a Salesman, it has the dramatic force to keep it a perennial favourite in theatres. It has one weakness dramatically, and that is an excessively large cast, particularly in the first scene, where all the entrances and exits in Betty's bedroom are rather ludicrous.
The Penguin Classics edition has a good introduction by Christopher Bigsby and incorporates notes by the author. It also includes - as an appendix - Act 2, Scene 2, which is omitted in most productions.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Crucible, 30 May 2013
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I found this play rather hard going,especially as the dialogue is periodically interrupted by an historical or personal explanation
of what was going on. I think seeing the play performed would keep my attention better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Oct 2014
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as expected
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 2 Nov 2014
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good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Sep 2014
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excellent
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crucible - Scottish Higher, 21 Jan 2014
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Used for the Scottish Higher evaluation. Which makes a normally ok book a rubbish book.
Its a shame on the book and no reflection on the author but it sucks the life out of you after you have analysed it 100 times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Nov 2014
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Ok book
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice :), 19 Oct 2013
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bought as study aid in higher English delivery and price spot on cant comment on item specifics as not for me but no complaints
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to complain about, 14 Sep 2010
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Apart from being a tiny bit tatty this is in good condition. There's nothing to complain about.
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