As a theatre arts student interested in politics and through my involvement in my school‟s production of the crucible, my interest in the intertwining of theatre with the expression of personal political beliefs leads to the bases for my research question: 4 darryn zeet keong ooi research question: to what extent did arthur miller use his. The crucible, a play by arthur miller that examines prejudice, fear and persecution, is the latest selection for chicago's one book, one chicago program, mayor daley announced thursday. Arthur asher miller was born on october 17, 1915, in new york city, to augusta (barnett) and isidore miller his family was of austrian jewish descent. Arthur miller gives people some insight into the salem witch trials in his play, the crucible, which shows how the peoples' poor judgment led to hysteria and tragedy in the community of salem it also shows how the people changed because of this witch scare that ran furiously through the town. Arthur miller in the dictionary of literary biography (vol 226) review by carlos campo, community college of southern nevada the latest volume of the dictionary of literary biography (dlb 266) is entitled twentieth-century american dramatists, and is the fourth in a series that began in 1981 with volume seven.
Arthur miller's drama the crucible, a drama of universal significance , was premiered in 1953 and won the antoinette perry and the donaldson award in 1956 arthur miller was subpoenaed to appear before the un-american activities committee  , because he was implicated with communistic parties. The crucible (1953) was a haunting reminder to audiences of what could happen if paranoia ran too rampant in a society in the time when the play was written, america was going through its own state of paranoia. History and other spectres in arthur miller's the crucible e miller budick arthur miller's the crucible and the salem witch trials: a historian's view edmund s morgan 41 re(dis)covering the witches in arthur miller's the crucible: a feminist reading wendy schissel conscience and community in an enemy of the people and the crucible.
Arthur miller's character from the crucible, abigail williams, was a beautiful girl who had a hold on people's lives she lied to protect herself and caused chaos for everyone in the town of salem because all of the right people believed her. A meticulously constructed parallel, arthur miller's the crucible took a serious shot at senator joseph mccarthy's communist trials by likening it to the madness and hysteria surrounding the witch hunts of colonial salem, mass. Tension in arthur miller's the crucible though 'the crucible' is set against the background of the salem witch trials in 1629, it reflects the mccarthy anti-communism trials of 1950s america the citizens of salem (massachusetts) had puritan beliefs and were very religious.
Miller uses the salem witch trials of the late 17th century as the basis for his portrayal of how such behavior leads to mass hysteria, ruining and even destroying many lives in the process. Inspired by the mccarthy hearings of the 1950s, arthur miller's play, the crucible, focuses on the inconsistencies of the salem witch trials and the extreme behavior that can result from dark desires and hidden agendas. Crucible: the crucible and proctor essay the crucible by arthur miller is a classical tragedy, with john proctor as the play's protagonist honest, upright, and blunt-spoken, proctor is a good man, but one with a secret, fatal flaw.
As demonstrated in the crucible, people can pursue and obtain what they want without fear of reprisal, so long as they do it under the guise of the church or god's will however, in general, one can describe salem as a rigid society, emphasizing work and the suppression of individual desires. The power of fear is at the heart of the crucible, a tony award winning play by arthur miller, that opens tonight at capital high school, 100 valley dr the show runs 7 pm thursday through. In 1953, arthur miller's play the crucible ran on broadway at the martin beck despite being a box office success and acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, it was considered second-best to his prior death of a salesman.
The crucible by arthur miller is a play which is a fitting example of this statement this is due to the multiple references miller has made to both the salem witch trials of 1692 and to the mccarthy era, the period in which the play was written. Miller gets the fear of the communists across it has clear animosity and the idea of a community turning against its own. The crucible overview dancing in the woods has severe consequences for the town of salem in arthur millers' play the crucible as it sparks a witch hunt and the famous witch trials of 1690s. English language arts grade 10 critical response and stance unit 101 the power of the individual - american post world war ii drama the crucible by arthur miller 1 high school ela grade 10 model unit planning chart --- toolkit curriculum and planning resource.