9780142437339

The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts

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  • ISBN13:

    9780142437339

  • ISBN10:

    0142437336

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/25/2003
  • Publisher: PENGUIN

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Summary

Here, especially for high school students, is an analysis and summary of Arthur Miller's famous play. Titles in the Literature Made Easy Series analyze novels and plays found in most school curricula. More than mere plot summaries, these books explain themes, analyze characters, and discuss each author's unique writing style, mastery of language, and command of his material. Books also feature "Mind Maps," diagrams that summarize a work's most important details as a way to help students focus ideas for exams and term papers.

Author Biography

Arthur Miller, born in New York City, has been a prominent and influential playwright for the last half-century. His works include Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and All My Sons. He has twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and in 1949 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Christopher Bigsby is professor of American studies at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England.

Table of Contents

Editor's Notep. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Cruciblep. 3
Precision and Pseudo Precision in the Cruciblep. 19
The Long Shadow of the Law: the Cruciblep. 33
Arthur Miller's the Crucible: Background and Sourcesp. 55
John Proctor's Playing in the Cruciblep. 69
The Crucible of History: Arthur Miller's John Proctorp. 77
History, Myth, and Name Magic in Arthur Miller's the Cruciblep. 83
History and Other Spectres in Arthur Miller's the Cruciblep. 95
The Cruciblep. 113
Betrayal and Blessedness: Explorations of Feminine Power in the Crucible, a View from the Bridge, and After the Fallp. 123
John Proctor and the Crucible of Individuation in Arthur Miller's the Cruciblep. 153
Re(dis)covering the Witches in Arthur Miller's the Crucible: a Feminist Readingp. 165
Arthur Miller's ""Weight of Truth"" in the Cruciblep. 177
Chronologyp. 187
Contributorsp. 193
Bibliographyp. 195
Acknowledgmentsp. 197
Indexp. 199
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