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The Crucible


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Title: The Crucible

The Crucible
  • By Arthur Miller
  • (1915 2005)

Arthur Miller
  • Born in New York City
  • In high school he was more involved in sports
    than in literature.
  • After high school, Miller applied to the
    University of Michigan.
  • His grades were not good enough for a
  • The Great Depression left his father unable to
    finance his tuition.

Arthur Miller
  • He worked in an automobile parts plant for two
    years to earn money for college.
  • He eventually enrolled in the University of
    Michigan, and began to write plays to help
    finance his education.
  • After graduation, he returned to NY and earned a
    living writing radio scripts.

Arthur Miller
  • Millers first Broadway success, All My Sons, was
    produced in 1947 and won the New York Drama
    Critics award for the Best Play.
  • Theme The need for moral responsibility in
  • families and societies.

Arthur Miller
  • In 1949, he produced Death of a Salesman.
  • He joined the pantheon of the great American
  • Millers next play, The Crucible , was produced
    in 1953.

The Crucible
  • Plot is about a witch hunt that takes place in
    Salem, Massachusetts
  • In that witch hunt, Miller found parallels to
    the Red Hunt being conducted in the 1950s in
    Washington, D.C. by Senator Joseph McCarthy.
  • Writers, actors, politicians, etc. were
    summoned to appear before McCarthy to answer the
    question, Are you now or were you ever a
  • Those summoned were required to inform on their
    neighbors and friends or be sent to jail.

The Crucible
  • Three years after the production of The
    Crucible in NY, Miller was summoned before a
    congressional committee.
  • He admitted to being a guest at Communist
    meetings in the past, but refused to name names
    of others in attendance.
  • Miller was found to be in contempt of Congress,
    but his conviction was later overturned by the
    Supreme Court.

The Crucible
  • The Crucible was not successful in its first
  • Some critics questioned the comparison between
    the old witch hunts and the contemporary hunt for
    Communists in government.
  • In a later production, supervised by Miller
    himself, the play ran for over six hundred
  • It is now Millers most produced play.