Arthur Miller And "The Crucible"



INTRODUCTION
The Crucible by Arthur Miller was written during the early 1950s at the
time of Senator Joseph McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee
hearings on the infiltration of Communism in the United States and the
loyalty to democracy of many prominent U.S. citizens. The McCarthy hearings
pitted artists and performers against each other as they were called to
testify about their own loyalty and what they knew about the loyalty of
others. Although some critics have suggested that The Crucible is an
historical allegory for the McCarthy period, it can be examined more
fruitfully as a play about the human condition. McCarthyism, as Miller
himself said, is the backdrop for the ...

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to admit their own guilt and inform on others. Whether
or not the play is historically accurate is not important to the approach
used in this teacher's guide. Although we will suggest ways to examine the
historical backdrop of the Salem witch trials and will discuss how the play
can be used in English and history, we will focus primarily on the artistic
qualities of the play.

The Crucible is extremely appropriate for use in the high school or college
classroom. It is not difficult to read; it has an exciting plot; the
characters and their relationships are intriguing; its themes are timely;
and it allows students the opportunity to respond in terms of their own
experiences.

The teacher's guide will be divided into the following sections: notes on
Miller's life; a synopsis of the play; an annotated list of characters and
their relationships; prereading activities and questions; during reading
questions, quotations, and activities; and after reading questions and
activities. Each ...

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of the country.

1955 A Memory of Two Mondays and A View from the Bridge produced and
published; divorced Mary Slattery.

1956 Testified before House Un-American Activities Committee, but refused
to identify other persons who had been at Communist Party meetings; married
Marilyn Monroe.

1957 Convicted of contempt for Congress; Les Sorcieres de Salem, film with
screenplay by Jean Paul Sartre, produced in Paris.

1958 Contempt conviction reversed by U.S. Court of Appeals.

1961 The Misfits, a movie, produced and screenplay published; divorced
Marilyn Monroe.

1962 Married Ingeborg Morath.

1964 After the Fall and Incident at Vichy produced and published.

1967 I Don't Need You Anymore ...

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