Crucible, The

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Written in 1953, The Crucible is a mirror Miller uses to reflect the anti-communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s “witch hunts” in the United States. Within the text itself, Miller contemplates the parallels, writing “political opposition…is given an inhumane overlay, which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customers of civilized behavior. A political policy is equated with moral right and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence.

Pages: 176

Pages: 176



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Based on historical people and real events, Arthur Miller’s play uses the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence unleashed by the rumors of witchcraft as a powerful parable about McCarthyism.

  • Lucerna Academy families: Use this book for 2 weeks in American Literature, 1 week in Year 4 Rhetoric Literature, and 1 week in Year 4 Honors Rhetoric Literature.
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