The Crucible by Arthur Miller Introduction The Crucible is a play written in 1953 by Arthur Miller.

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller Introduction The Crucible is a play written in 1953 by Arthur Miller. It is a drama and partly a fictional story that explains the Salem witch trials that took place in 1962 and 1963 in Massachusetts Bay (Robert 279).It is also made up of four acts and eighteen characters. Miller wrote it as an allegory of the unfair accusations that were being faced by the communists blacklisted by the U.S government. Particularly, it was first performed on January 22, 1953 on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theater (Robert 279). New York Times argued that it was a very powerful play, and the performance was good but Miller still felt like it was too stylized and that the reviews of the play were too hostile. Therefore, a new production was made a year after the first one and the play then became a classic (Robert 280).

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NameInstructor's nameCourseDateThe Crucible by Arthur MillerIntroductionThe Crucible is a play written in 1953 by Arthur Miller. It is a drama and partly a fictional story that explains the Salem witch trials that took place in 1962 and 1963 in Massachusetts Bay (Robert 279).It is also made up of four acts and eighteen characters. Miller wrote it as an allegory of the unfair accusations that were being faced by the communists blacklisted by the U.S government. Particularly, it was first performed on January 22, 1953 on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theater (Robert 279). New York Times argued that it was a very powerful play, and the performance was good but Miller still felt like it was too stylized and that the reviews of the play were too hostile. Therefore, a new production was made a year after the first one and the play then became a classic (Robert 280). Miller wrote this play as an act of desperation. He was afraid that he would be identified as a covert communist in an era where McCarthyism had become very familiar. He had a hard time getting some moral content in the contemporary society until he read a two-volume study of 1692 trials by Charles Upham and decided to reconstruct the stories of Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor and Abigail Williams, who later became the main characters in his play (Robert 283).About the AuthorArthur Miller (1915-2005) was an American essayist, playwright and prominent figure in the American theater during the 19th century. He was

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