Kerferd Library The Crucible
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"The Crucible was written to warn people of how power can corrupt and be misused to persecute people, but it is a historical play set in a particular time and place that is remote to us today" (McCarthy, S., 2011., p. 4)
"When The Crucible was published and produced in 1953, many audiences and critics felt that the play, with a plot focused on the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s, was an analogy for the McCarthy investigations that were going on at the time. Some of the same issues, such as mass hysteria and unchecked power, were at the forefront of both historical events.” (Bloom, H., 2010., p. 13)
The following readings are chapters sourced from Bloom, H. (2010). Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Facts on File. Use the following links to go directly to each article.
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