Book #31: The Crucible

The Crucible

by Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible tells the story of the Salem Witch Trials from America’s colonial days. But between the script lines, the play is actually an allegory confronting McCarthyism and the “witch trials” of The House Un-American Activities Committee, before which Miller had once been forced to testify.

For the project, I will read an a downloadable version of the play. It’s the 2003 release from the Penguin Group. It’s 87 pages long using my standard font, plus 16 pages of commentary. In 1996, Hollywood released its version of the play, staring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder. While it parallels the play, it’s still an adaptation, and some lines and scenes were changed for a movie audience. There’s also the 1957 version of the play staring famed actress Simone Signoret. Jean-Paul Satre himself had a hand in making this version, but it’s still in French (possibly with English subtitles.)

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