The Crucible

The Crucible

Book - 1959
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Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, 1959
ISBN: 9780140155075
0140155074
Characteristics: xii, 145 pages ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Weales, Gerald Clifford 1925-- Editor

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Ireneread17
May 23, 2018

Super good book. Shows how superstitious people can get.

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CarleeMcDot
Feb 13, 2018

In spite of the fact that I would love to say I originally picked up this book because Arthur is an alum from the University of Michigan, I actually grabbed it because it was mentioned in Molly's Game (which the hubby and I saw earlier in the month). I thought this was a great book (although it was actually written in the format of a play with four acts). I have very little knowledge about the Salem witch trials (or at least I have forgotten everything I once may have learned), so this was all very interesting to me. Such a dark time in American history. This play was based on historical events and real people, even if some of the details have been changed (Abigail was made older and Proctor was made younger, etc). No matter the changes, it still leaves you shaking your head. Not only was the story itself outrageous, but the parallels between this and the communist hysteria in the 50s or even the Holocaust are uncanny. When you read this as an observer, you can't imagine how people would allow this atrocity to occur, but then we look around today and see that when evil people get access to power the same thing happens. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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AMerr22
Oct 24, 2017

Short book, good story. My main problem with it is all the characters. It is hard to keep track of who is who sometimes in the book, but eventually you catch on. It gets slow at times, but is still a decent book/play.

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csrestall
Nov 18, 2016

The idea of this play is interesting, as well as the lore surrounding the Salem Trials; however I did not enjoy this book in high school and I did not enjoy it now. The language is difficult and there are lots of characters. I re read this book for a couple of my students to refresh my memory, and I am remembering why it was so difficult. It deals with heavy subject matter, yet still manages to be a dry read.

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Nymeria23
Jul 08, 2014

This book was pretty short, but it still took me a while to read it. With the book written as a play, the author had to pause in some of the scenes to clarify and explain some new characters as they were introduced, and it threw off the flow of the reading for me. I got invested though, and found myself getting white-hot frustrated about the lying, deceiving, mendacious accusers and felt sorrowful when a truthful character was wrongfully punished and condemned.

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gcwakim
Jun 26, 2014

Beautiful story yet chocking and sad.

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litoxpinky
Sep 22, 2011

If you're looking for a story where society is crazed and oppresses in the name of the 'good', and the sense of 'freedom fighters' who themselves aren't morally perfect, MILLER IS YOUR MAN! <3

The language is a bit difficult to get used to, but his characters, their relationships, complexities, and struggles are wonderfully put in this setting.

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alexy93
Sep 03, 2010

In the Crucible, Arthur Miller illustrates just how much superstition can reign over reason and common sense. Superstition, and the mass hysteria it created in the town of Salem, was largely caused by the people’s extreme devotion to religion.
It is sad & frightening that similar events still occur today. Modern examples are such as the execution of children & juveniles some nations who are caught or suspected of homosexual activity – an act against religious principles.

google: "execution of children & juveniles"

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pie
Jul 03, 2008

A classic tale of "do you trust your friends?" Superstition and witch hunts haunt the small town of Salem, breaking out hysteria within the time. An interesting play!

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Alanreviews
Mar 23, 2018

God damns all liars

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Nymeria23
Jul 08, 2014

“Great stones they lay upon his chest until he plead aye or nay. They say he give them but two words. "More weight," he says. And died.”

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litoxpinky
Sep 22, 2011

"Because it is my name! Because I can not have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul, leave me my name!"

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litoxpinky
Sep 22, 2011

“ …What profit him to bleed? Shall the dust praise him? Shall the worms declare his truth? Go to him, take his shame away!”

“…He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!”

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Alanreviews
Mar 23, 2018

Alanreviews thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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csrestall
Nov 18, 2016

csrestall thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Nymeria23
Jul 08, 2014

Nymeria23 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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csrestall
Nov 18, 2016

Religious fervor meets conniving women, causes the Salem Witch Trials. Abigail schemes with the other girls to accuse other women of the town of being witches. In reality Abigail wishes to dispose of the wife of her lover. Many of the other women accusers have different motives. Those accused are ether hung or jailed, after no one is able to dissuade the judge of their guilt.

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